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Postdoc Position in Computational Materials Design and Advanced Microstructure Characterization
University of Pittsburgh

Date Posted Jun. 30, 2020
Title Postdoc Position in Computational Materials Design and Advanced Microstructure Characterization
University University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Department Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Negotiable
  • Post-Doc
  • Material/Metallurgy

One Postdoctoral Associate position is available at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh. The postdoctoral associate will perform research studies in the Physical Metallurgy and Materials Design (PMMD) Laboratory ( directed by Prof. Wei Xiong. Since the lab performs both simulation and experiments for materials design, the opening accepts applications in both computational materials and microstructure characterization.

For application in Computational Materials Design, the candidates should be highly skilled in computational modeling of phase equilibria and phase transformations such as the CALPHAD method and ICME (Integrated Computational Materials Engineering). It is expected that candidates may be also familiar with basic materials characterization such as SEM/EBSD/EDS and mechanical testing. If the applicants only perform simulation, coding experience is desired since the research projects are expected to perform high-throughput calculations and machine learning, which will be applied to alloy design and additive manufacturing.

For application in Advanced Microstructure Characterization, candidates should be highly skilled in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) besides FIB/SEM/EDS/EBSD, although EPMA Electron Probe Microanalysis, thermal analysis, mechanical testing, and alloy preparation experience will be considered as good complementary skills but not required. This position is primarily open for alloy research, but the ones with experience in the composite are also highly encouraged to apply.

Candidates are expected to be highly independent with a solid research background in physical metallurgy or phase transformations. A good track record of peer-reviewed journal publications is essential for a successful application.

The postdoc will work with experts in computational materials, additive manufacturing (metals 3D printing), and microstructure characterization in the PMMD lab and MEMS department. University of Pittsburgh has a center equipped with Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF). The research opportunity will help the successful candidate to strengthen the skills in ICME and materials characterization for materials and processing design and will significantly help for future career development.
Qualified applicants must have a doctoral degree in materials science, metallurgical engineering, or a similar field prior to beginning employment. Salaries will be commensurate with relevant experience and based on the prevailing wage for postdoctoral fellows set by the University of Pittsburgh. The contract will be renewed annually depending on performance.

To apply, please submit the application documents to Prof. Wei Xiong ( with an email titled "Postdoc Application by Your_Full_Name." The application package should include a complete CV, transcripts of all degrees, a list of reference contact, and a cover letter (less than 2-page) summarizing your previous work and career goals (including an anticipated starting date). Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to learn the research lab and the University of Pittsburgh through the website before application: Although the expected starting time is Sept 2020, considering the COVID-19 pandemic and travel difficulties, the starting time will be negotiable, especially for the international applicants. The position will be open until filled.

  • The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Wei Xiong
    Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
    University of Pittsburgh
    3700 O'Hara Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15261


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