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Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of the District of Columbia

Date Posted Apr. 8, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
University University of the District of Columbia
Washington, D.C., United States
Department Department of Civil Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Geotechnical
    Engineering Mechanics
    Civil Engineering

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Space Technology & Applied Research (CAM-STAR) at the University of the District of Columbia is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate with a research interest in Discrete Element Methods for geotechnical applications.

This position will involve working within CAM-STAR and Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory on a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored project regarding understanding the drill-regolith interaction for developing efficient geotechnical tools for in-situ characterization of lunar/Martian regolith. The Postdoctoral Associate’s responsibilities include but are not limited to: conducting discrete element modeling and other numerical modeling to study the drill-regolith interaction, developing models and algorithms for design of efficient geotechnical tools, performing the physical model tests to evaluate the performance of the developed drilling tools, and preparing manuscripts and conference presentations, assisting the PI to prepare project reports, and other tasks. The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Remuneration will be competitive and based on qualifications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts high quality research in the area of interest;
  • Works closely with graduate and undergraduate students and contribute to joint projects;
  • Participates with teaching and outreach activities and programs;
  • Presents and publishes research findings at conferences and peer reviewed publications;
  • Prepares progress reports for the funding sources;
  • Seeks external funding to support and expand research activities to enhance the prestige and visibility of the University and to initiate research projects with government, private sector and public entities and the community

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Doctoral degree in the related field
  • Highly self-motivated and proactive, with exemplary problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with teams
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Other Duties Specific to the Grant

  • Research experience in the areas of geotechnical engineering, discrete element modeling, and computational mechanics
  • Experience with one or more discrete element modeling software such as: PFC 2D and 3D, Rocky DEM and LIGGGHTS etc.
  • Proficiency in computer programing with MATLAB and/or Python;
  • Ability to prepare manuscripts including graphs and illustrations for publication

Interested individuals are encouraged to send their current CV and representative publications to Dr. Lei Wang at Please put "Prospective post-doctoral fellow in geotechnical engineering" in the subject line.

UDC is the only public institution of higher learning in the District of Columbia (DC) in the nation’s capital with a very diverse population with students from international background. Located in the embassy area of different countries, the campus is in a beautiful part of Washington, DC with access to Metro on the campus. SEAS faculty members recently were awarded more than $17 million from different funding agencies such as NSF, DOE, NASA, NIST etc to conduct innovative research and education. The Postdoctoral Research Associate is expected to work under the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Space Technology & Research at UDC (CAM-STAR) and will be co-mentored by faculty members from both UDC and Clemson University.

  • Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

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Contact Information

  • Lei Wang, PhD, PE
    Department of Civil Engineering
    University of the District of Columbia
    4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, D.C. 20008
  • 202-274-6327


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