The Y. Wang research group (https://www.yw253.ae.msstate.edu/) at the Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center at Mississippi State University (MSU) seeks a highly motivated and exceptional postdoc research associate in the broad area of composite materials and structures. The research group focuses on both experimental and computational research to understand the fundamental mechanics and failure mechanisms of composite materials and the underlying physics of material behaviors subjected to various extreme environmental conditions (e.g., lightning strike, laser, plasma, and high temperatures). The Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center is part of the Advanced Composites Institute, a University-level Institute that has active collaborations with both industrial and academic partners, and is a member of the FAA Joint Advanced Materials & Structures Center of Excellence. More information about the Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center can be found at https://www.aci.msstate.edu/. MSU is located in Starkville, Mississippi, a vibrant college town located in Northeast Mississippi (visit.starkville.org).
Work with Center engineers to manufacture custom polymer matrix composite material specimens.
Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
Collaborate with multidisciplinary team members to perform experimental testing with fabricated composite specimens (e.g., lightning strike tests, mechanical tests, and post-damage analysis) or develop computational models.
Participate in discussions with industry and government agencies to shape work statement, write proposals and capture work for the Center.
PhD in engineering or related field in composite materials. Mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, material science and engineering, or mechanics will be considered.
Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and background in fields related to polymer matrix composites manufacturing, testing, and computational modeling.
Demonstrated ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
Demonstrated proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
Demonstrated initiative and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
Prior experience with lightning strike experimental tests of polymer matrix composite materials. Ability to work on projects governed by export control laws. The ability to work to externally determined deadlines set and revised beyond one’s control. The ability to reliably meet deadlines and coordinate unrelated activities will be key when working on externally funded projects.
Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, your detailed CV, representative publications, and contact information of at least three reference to Prof. Yeqing Wang (email@example.com).
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
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