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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Nuclear Materials (ATF)
Virginia Commonwealth University

Date Posted Apr. 14, 2022
Title Postdoctoral Research Associate - Nuclear Materials (ATF)
University Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA, United States
Department Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering

Position Responsibilities:

The College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, has a postdoctoral position available. The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to develop and expand upon a diversified technical skill set while making a positive contribution to the team members’ laboratories. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in projects related to Nuclear Materials, Accident Tolerant Fuel Claddings, Coating Technology, and Materials Aging and Degradation. The candidate should have experience operating advanced surface characterization techniques such as SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with a vast network of scientists and engineers and be responsible for some day-to-day activities required in the laboratories to advance on current federal grants. Specifically, duties include:

• Quote and order new equipment and supplies for the lab and maintain inventory to ensure that research experiments are done efficiently.

• Assist the Principal Investigators (PIs) in conducting new research projects.

• Consistently design and conduct experiments independently, leading to the generation of high-quality data for manuscripts.

• Assist the PI with the editing and preparation of manuscripts and research proposals.

• Prepare oral and poster presentations for professional conferences. 

• Train junior laboratory personnel in basic laboratory protocols.

• Perform monitoring and preventive maintenance of lab equipment.

• Compile results of experiments and weekly report to supervisor.

• Carry out other research-related duties as needed.

Required Qualifications:

- Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Nuclear Engineering.

- Experience in Advanced Materials Characterization

- Experience non-destructive examination and mechanical testing.

- Ability to mentor junior team members and ensure the highest levels of laboratory safety

- Excellent communication skills

- Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams

-Ability to work under tight deadlines and short turnaround times



Position Details:

Salary Range: $47,500 to $55,000/year (commensurate with experience)

Department: Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Employment Type: 
Restricted Status: 
Yes, dependent upon continued funding
Exemption Status: 

Special Instructions:  Candidates for consideration must upload a cover letter of interest, CV, and list of three professional references to include emails and phone numbers n a single PDF file.  Applications must be completely filled out and will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until the position is filled. Employment will require the successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Additional Information: 
Grant funding requires that "each supported individual (including Principal Investigators, Co-Principal Investigators, graduate research assistants, and any others included in institution’s application) is— 
(1) a United States Citizen; or 
(2) a non-citizen national of the United States; or 
(3) a non-United Citizen who has have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status) at the time of application and for the full term of the grant."

Grant also states that "each recipient of funds under this award must be lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of the grant application and for the duration of the grant period, as evidenced by Permanent Resident Form I-551 (Green Card) or must present other evidence from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that employment will not affect his/her immigration status."

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Contact Information

  • Jessika Rojas
    Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, VA


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