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Job ID: 146279

University of Alberta

Date Posted Sep. 9, 2020
University University of Alberta More About This Institution...
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immedietly
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Civil Engineering
The Position
Dr. Ahmed Jawad Qureshi and Dr. Zengtao Chen at the University of Alberta in collaboration with InnoTech Alberta invite applications and queries for a 12-month Industrial Post-doctoral Fellow (PDF) position with a possibility of extension in the area of Design for Metal Additive Manufacturing. This position will be open to candidates who possess an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Science, or a relevant discipline, and a PhD in metal additive manufacturing (PhD obtained after 01-Jan-2017). Applicants must have demonstrated research and development experience in design for additive manufacturing for novel design as well as redesign of existing products for metal additive manufacturing.

Candidate profile and requirements
The candidate should possess tangible expertise and experience in the direct application in at least three of the following research areas in metals:
1.     Apply (DFAM) tools and methods such as topology optimization, unit cell-based design, metamaterials, and generative design for the structural design of mechanical components under given mechanical and manufacturing design specifications and validate through finite element analysis, and experimental characterization for different loading and failure modes.
2.     Carry out thermo-physical simulation of a metal additive manufacturing process including fast simulation models based on process physics to estimate output part mechanical and geometric quality. This will include analytical modeling and programming and creating customized finite element analysis routines based on process physics in Abaqus, Ansys, or a custom FEA package.
3.     Apply (DFAM) methods for designing and optimization of components for fluid flow.
4.     Using artificial intelligence for thermo-physical simulation, or topology optimization for design for additive manufacturing.
5.     Reverse engineering parts through use of laser scanning and conversion of the 3D point clouds to mesh or B-Rep solid models.
6.     Carry out advanced materials development, process parameter optimization, and characterization for metal additive manufacturing processes.

The successful candidate will be required to work independently and must demonstrate excellent verbal and written English communication skills evident through high-quality journal publications in the research area. The candidate will be financially supported through the MITACS program and will work in close collaboration with the University of Alberta and InnoTech Alberta. The candidate should also have the ability to work and lead in a team environment. As a part of the project, the candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, graduate students, and industrial collaborators. The candidate will lead the sub-group in design for additive manufacturing and will be expected to carry out direct experimental and theoretical research as well as supervision of graduate students working on the relevant projects. This position is available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and international applicants. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to start the position from September 15, 2020. The candidate should possess a valid driver's license and will be expected to travel within the city as well as in Alberta as per the project requirements (and following COVID-19 mandated restrictions). The candidate should also be willing and be eligible to travel to other provinces, or internationally as per the project needs, but following COVID-19 mandated restrictions as noted by the University of Alberta, InnoTech Alberta, and the Governments of Alberta and Canada. As a part of the project, the candidate will also be involved in hardware and software procurement and development aspects of the project.

The Project
The additive manufacturing research group at the University of Alberta, in collaboration with InnoTech Alberta, proposes a project to redesign a selection of mining equipment components and manufacture the pieces using advanced printing technologies. By demonstrating the potential advantages of using advanced manufacturing routes it is expected to accelerate the adoption and use of printed components in oil sands operations. This project will contribute towards the MARIOS (Materials and Reliability in Oil Sands) consortium, and the results of the project remain confidential to the consortium members.
The work scope for the project will help to address issues learned through discussions with industrial partners and adopt and apply the DFAM tools and AM processes for solving issues specific to the companies involved in Canadian energy and mining industry. The scope of the project includes the following tasks for the design and manufacturing of components:
•     Re-design and material selection of selected components to enable advanced levels of performance, as set out by the component design criteria (e.g. Thermal constraints, strength requirements, functional requirements, and/or fluid flow) for additive manufacturing,
•     Manufacturing of components using the laser, plasma, and wire arc systems.
•     Experimental characterization and validation of materials and printed components with a focus on wear-resistant materials.
•     Reverse engineering of existing parts and components for their conversion to additive manufacturing.

Application Procedure
Candidates are asked to submit complete applications in PDF format in a single PDF file, which includes:
i-     A cover letter (1 page).
ii-     A detailed curriculum vitae highlighting career achievements, areas of research, a list of publications, awards, and honors, and a list of three professional references.
iii-     A statement of research that describes your fit to the position by highlighting and describing your experience and training in at least 3 out of 6 areas as mentioned in the candidate areas described above along with examples (maximum 2 pages), and,
iv-     A minimum of 2 samples of the candidate's most significant scholarly work pertaining to the research areas defined in the candidate profile. Additional documents may be requested upon submission of the aforementioned documents.
v-     The email subject and the PDF file attachment should contain pre-fix.
Please note that only the complete applications including the documents i-iv from the candidates graduating with PhD after Jan 10, 2017 will be considered. The applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Interested candidates should send their completed application to Dr. Ahmed Qureshi by email at

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Ahmed Qureshi
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
  • +1 780 492 3609


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