Post-doctoral Fellow Position, Purdue University
Surface Modification of 3-D Printed Titanium Alloy Biomedical Implants
A position for a Post-doctoral Fellow working on the surface modification of 3-D printed titanium alloy biomedical implants will be available starting on Sept. 1, 2022 in the research group of Ken H. Sandhage (Reilly Professor of Materials Engineering) in the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. The primary aim of this position is to develop and characterize a gas/solid reaction-based process for tailoring the nanoscale roughness of surfaces of porous, 3-D printed TiAl6V4 alloys for orthopaedic implants.
Key technical tasks of this Post-Doctoral Fellow will include: i) micro-to-nanoscale structural/chemical characterization of external and internal surfaces of starting 3-D printed porous TiAl6V4 alloys and ii) evaluation of micro/nanoscale structural/chemical evolution of these surfaces resulting from this reaction process under varied reaction conditions. The Post-doctoral Fellow will join a group of researchers at Purdue University and Virginia Commonwealth University focused on the 3-D printing of porous TiAl6V4 alloys, surface modification of such porous structures, structural and chemical characterization of the modified surfaces, and evaluation of such surfaces with in vitro cell studies for this NIH-funded project.
Highly motivated, hardworking candidates with a strong background and good hands-on skills in conducting elevated temperature gas/solid reactions, in utilizing thermodynamic and kinetic analyses to understand the mechanisms of such reactions, and in micro/nanoscale structural and chemical characterization of inorganic materials (e.g., via scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction analyses) are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should possess a PhD in materials science and engineering, metallurgical engineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, or a closely-related field, with good English skills and a demonstrated ability to write technical articles in English. Qualified applicants should send resumes (including a publication list), 2-3 representative publications, a brief description of relevant experience/expertise and career goals; and contact information (with phone numbers) for 3 referees by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org