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Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Thermal and Fluid Science Area
University of Missouri-Columbia

Date Posted May 27, 2020
Title Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Thermal and Fluid Science Area
University University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO, United States
Department Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Mechanics
    Energy Technology

The University of Missouri, Columbia ( is the flagship research institution in the State of Missouri and is one of the nation’s top-tier R1 institutions and one of the 34 public universities to be members of the Association of American Universities and the only one in Missouri.

The Sustainable Energy Laboratory at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is currently searching for post-doctoral research associates with a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering (or other disciplines including material science, physics, chemistry, biology, or chemical engineering, etc.) who have a strong background and interest in thermal sciences/engineering, and/or materials processes/characterization.

Research Area (listed in order of priority):
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) cooling (; battery thermal management; rechargeable battery electrochemical modeling, energy conversion and storage; solid-state thermoelectric; artificial intelligence; machine learning; phase change heat and mass transfer (boiling, condensation, and gas-liquid flow); molecular dynamics simulation; multi-scale heat and mass transfer, nano-material synthesis/processes/characterization

1. Ability to work in a team environment, oral and written communication skills in English, and self-motivation with a strong work ethic.
2. Proven record of research accomplishments through presentation scientific results at national meetings and in peer-reviewed journals.
3. Strong programming skills using languages (MATLAB Simulink, C, etc.).
4. Experience in using CFD codes (research codes, and/or commercial packages such as ANSYS Fluent, OpenFOAM, etc.) and grid generation packages is a big plus.
5. Good knowledge in heat/mass transfer, fluid mechanics, numerical methods, material, and/or manufacturing.
6. Experimental skill and lab experience including instrumentation, mechanical part designing/fabrication, experiment, material processes/characterization, and/or optics is a big plus.
7. Experience in molecular dynamics simulations is a big plus.

The post-doctoral fellow position is immediately available. The opening will be closed as soon as it is filled. Funding is available for two years; however, the initial appointment will be for one year and may be extendable.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter describing candidate research experience, research plan, and career goal; and resume (including references); academic transcripts to Prof. Chanwoo Park by email. All documents and communications are expected to be in English.

Chanwoo Park, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
E2402 Lafferre Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Tel.: (573) 882-6087

Documents required:

  • Cover letter describing candidate research experience, research plan, and career goal
  • Resume or CV including references
  • Academic transcripts (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Three (at least) reference letters including the Ph.D. thesis advisor

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

Contact Information

  • Chanwoo Park
    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    E2402 Lafferre Hall
    Columbia, MO 65211
  • (573) 882-6087


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