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Job ID: 127468

Post-Doctoral Research Position
Purdue University

Date Posted Aug. 10, 2019
Title Post-Doctoral Research Position
University Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, United States
Department School of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline June 2019
Position Start Date June 1, 2019
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering

Position Description
The School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University is seeking applications for a post-doctoral research associate in the areas of Dynamics and Vibration, Solid Mechanics, and/or Energetic Materials (inclusive of propellants, pyrotechnics, and explosives). The specific appointment will be with Professor Jeff Rhoads. The research associate will work on the thermomechanical characterization of energetic materials and associated mock materials, which have utility in national defense and security applications.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a closely related engineering discipline (e.g. mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or material science). The research associate must also have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as very good organizational skills. Leadership and mentoring skills are essential, as is the ability to work independently when necessary. Other important qualifications include:

  • General skills related to data acquisition and signal processing;
  • Familiarity with structural dynamics test methodologies, including modal analysis, laser Doppler vibrometry, and infrared thermography; and
  • Experience with the modeling of continuous dynamical systems.

Experience in any of the following areas is beneficial:

  • Dynamics and Vibration
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Particulate Composite Materials

Email applications (Subject line: "Open Post-Doctoral Position – Energetic Materials") to Prof. Jeff Rhoads ( including:

  • A 1-page cover letter describing research background and interests (PDF)
  • Your curriculum vitae (PDF)
  • A list of at least 3 references with contact information

The appointment is for 1 year and may be renewable for up to 2 additional years. The desired start date is June 1, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled. The position salary is commensurate with qualifications, local cost of living, and Purdue standards. Women and underrepresented minorities are highly encouraged to apply. Given the nature of the project, U.S. citizenship is required.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Jeff Rhoads
    School of Mechanical Engineering
    Purdue University
    585 Purdue Mall
    West Lafayette, IN 47907


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