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Postdoc Position in Panat Lab for Printed and Flexible Microelectronics
Carnegie Mellon University

Date Posted Aug. 15, 2019
Title Postdoc Position in Panat Lab for Printed and Flexible Microelectronics
University Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering Department
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering

A postdoctoral research position to work on printed and flexible microelectronics is open in Panat laboratory at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The project involves the use of nanoparticle and polymer printing to create mechanically and electrically robust 3D structural materials as well as 3D sensor devices. The research will be focused on process development/improvement as well as application demonstration. The structural materials can be 3D printed multi-material composites with superior properties, while the sensors can capture bioelectric signals from the brain and/or the heart. Finite element modeling will be used to guide the research on structural materials and devices. The postdoc will also work on predictive techniques using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the 3D printing process in collaboration with another group at CMU.

A background in 3D printing, microfabrication, biomedical device engineering, and a knowledge of structure-property relations of materials is necessary. Experience with electrical interfaces and sensor circuit design is a significant plus. Familiarity with AI is a plus. In addition, knowledge of microfluidics is a plus. Familiarity with characterization tools such as SEM, FIB, and TEM is highly desirable. Further, a knowledge of the chemistry of ink preparation is also a plus. Most importantly, the candidate should have strong enthusiasm to explore new engineering problems and their scientific solutions. The salary will be commensurate with research experience and technical background. Note that the Panat lab works in the area of nanoparticle 3D printing and its applications for energy storage, sensing, and biomedical devices.
Link to Dr. Panat’s CMU webpage:
Link to Panat lab website:

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting research on developing manufacturing processes for 3D structures and 3D devices using nanoparticle and polymer printing
  • Carry out fabrication, modeling, and testing of the devices
  • Explore the relationship between manufacturing process, device microstructure, and the device mechanical, electrical, and optical properties, and its performance in biological environments (e.g. biocompatibility)
  • Supervising and evaluating technical work of others in the group such as graduate students
  • Prepare verbal presentations and manuscripts for publication


  • Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Experience and familiarity with printed electronics/3D printing
  • A background in microfabrication (e.g. methods such as PVD, RIE) is highly desirable. Familiarity with characterization tools such as SEM, FIB, and TEM is also desirable. A knowledge of microfluidics is a major plus. Familiarity with the chemistry of ink preparation is a plus.
  • Experience with electrical design of biomedical devices is a plus.
  • A strong aptitude and demonstrated accomplishment in micro or nanoscale manufacturing research and/or biomedical device research. An understanding of structure-property relations for metallic materials.
  • The candidate must have a strong publication record in relevant journals and excellent verbal and written English communication skills along with an ability to work effectively with others.
  • The candidate must also have the ability to work well in a self-paced, independent manner, while working well in cooperation with team members and partners. Must be committed to meeting research project deadlines.
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Please visit "Why Carnegie Mellon" to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world Employee benefits:

Carnegie Mellon University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status
How to Apply: Please send your CV directly to Dr. Panat at

  • Carnegie Mellon University is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA).

    The university bases its employment decisions on the principle of equal employment opportunity. All personnel actions including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, layoff, return from layoff, education tuition assistance and social and recreational programs are administered in accordance with the university’s commitment to non-discrimination.

    Further, the university takes affirmative action to attract qualified candidates for employment who are minority, female, individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam Era; ensures that bona fide job-related and valid requirements are used to evaluate employees for promotion and applicants for employment; and complies with applicable federal, state and local laws, statutes, orders and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status or non-job-related disability.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Rahul Panat
    Mechanical Engineering Department
    Carnegie Mellon University
    5000 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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