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Post-doctoral Research Associate
Purdue University Northwest

Date Posted Jul. 16, 2020
Title Post-doctoral Research Associate
University Purdue University Northwest
Hammond, IN, United States
Department Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering - Other

Purdue University Northwest, located in Hammond and Westville, Indiana is inviting applications for a Post-doctoral research associate position in engineering. The successful candidate will work on a project to develop low-order physics based model of the reactor dynamics to develop a model-based feedback controller for the reactor. The addition of a feed forward control component to improve the performance against disturbances in the solar input will also be investigated. The determination of the controller parameters, such as proportional coefficient and derivative coefficient will follow standard tuning rules, and the closed-Loop simulation of the system will be used to test the controller performance in tracking the desired set-points and rejecting process disturbances. The performance of the controlled system relative to an uncontrolled one will be evaluated via computer simulations for a range of typical meteorological conditions. The control model will also be tested and calibrated with the bench scale Solar Fuel reduction and oxidation reactors.

Ph.D. in Mechanical or Chemical or Aerospace Engineering

Application Process
Review of applications will begin on July 20, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. This position begins August 1, 2020 and employment will be contingent on a successful background check. Interested applicants should submit electronically a letter of application, curriculum vita, statement of purpose, and a list of professional references. Questions may be sent to Search Chair at

Additional Information
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  • Purdue University Northwest is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Contact Information

  • Michelle Mack
    School of Engineering
    Purdue University Northwest
    2200 169th St.
    Pott 121
    Hammond, IN 46323
  • 219-989-3218


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