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Senior Research Engineer, High-Temperature Ceramic Composites
Purdue University

Date Posted Aug. 27, 2021
Title Senior Research Engineer, High-Temperature Ceramic Composites
University Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, United States
Department Materials Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Professional Staff
  • Material/Metallurgy

Senior Research Engineer Position
Melt Infiltration-based Processing of High-Temperature Ceramic Composites
School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN USA

A position for a Senior Research Engineer (SRE) in the area of melt infiltration-based processing of shaped high-temperature ceramic composites is available in the research group of Kenneth H. Sandhage (Reilly Professor of Materials Engineering) in the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, USA.

The primary function of this position is to lead the development of melt infiltration-based processes for generating shaped ceramic composites for use as thermally-, mechanically-, and chemically-robust materials for heat exchangers and other critical components for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants, in order to exceed the peak operational temperatures of current metal alloy-based materials used for such components. The SRE will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Purdue University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Thar Energy focused on the fabrication and testing of advanced ceramic composites for CSP systems for the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). The SRE will supervise and conduct cutting-edge research with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the Sandhage group on: i) the development of melt-infiltration-based processes for fabricating complex-shaped advanced ceramic composites, ii) generating fundamental understanding linking processing parameters to the microstructures and chemistries of advanced ceramic composites, and iii) determining how the microstructures and chemistries of advanced ceramic composites affect the mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties of such materials. Key tasks will include: i) development of melt infiltration processes for generating ceramic-rich composites and evaluating the resulting microstructures/microchemistries and properties of the fabricated ceramic composites, ii) coordinating and managing the efforts of several postdoctoral research fellows and graduate students, iii) interfacing with other research teams inside and outside Purdue University, iv) writi

ng publications and making technical presentations, and v) preparing project reports and presentations for DoE. Highly-motivated, hard-working candidates with a strong background, good hands-on experimental skills, and project management experience related to the research and development of ceramic composite fabrication methods and the use of such methods to generate high-temperature ceramic composites with microstructures/microchemistries tailored for desired mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should possess a PhD in materials science and engineering, ceramic engineering, metallurgical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a closely-related engineering field, with good English skills and a demonstrated ability to write high-quality technical articles in English. Qualified applicants should send a resume (including a publication list), 2-3 representative publications, a brief description of career goals and motivation for joining this effort, and contact information (including phone numbers) for 3 referees by e-mail to:

  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Contact Information

  • Prof. Kenneth Sandhage
    Materials Engineering
    Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN 47907
  • (765) 496-8109


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