Postdoctoral Research Associate - Mechanical Engineering

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Location: Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Mechanical Engineering -2015901



In Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE), our faculty members, researchers, and students are revolutionizing focus areas in sophisticated manufacturing, bioengineering, computational engineering, energy and the environment, product design, and robotics. In addition, they are using their expertise in interdisciplinary research centers across the university.

We are seeing a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Carmel Majidi lab in MechE. In this role, you will carry out advanced independent and/or directed research to achieve the objectives of the research project. This position will require an in depth knowledge of a specialized field, process, subject area and may involve coordinating and implementing complex research plans, development of methods of research, testing and data collection, analysis and evaluation, and writing reports which contain descriptive, analytical and evaluative content. You will acquire the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of your choosing. You will lead research on the development of sticker-like soft and stretchable electronics for wearable technologies. This will include the fabrication and testing of soft printed electronics using liquid metal alloy. As part of this effort, the Postdoctoral Fellow will also perform cytotoxicity studies to examine the biocompatibility of the printed electronics. This project is part of a CMU-Portugal collaborative project, WOW: Wireless Biomonitoring Stickers and Smart Bed Architecture Towards Untethered Patients, with partnering institutions at the

Carmel Majidi’s career mission is to discover materials, hardware architectures, and fabrication methods that allow robots and machines to behave like soft biological organisms, and be safe for contact with humans. The aim is to replace the bulky and rigid hardware in existing robots with soft, lightweight, and deformable technologies that match the functionality of natural biological tissue. Currently, the Majidi Lab is passionate about filled-elastomer composites and soft microfluidic systems that exhibit outstanding combinations of mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties and can function as “artificial” skin, nervous tissue, and muscle for soft robotics and wearables. Carmel is also interested in approaches that are practical from a rapid prototyping and robotics implementation perspective; which includes efforts to enable robust mechanical and electrical interfacing between soft-matter systems and conventional microelectronics and hardware.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Lead research efforts to build sticker-like soft electronics using liquid metal
  • Examine biocompatibility of liquid metal based architectures
  • Coordinate research efforts and meet regularly with researcher partners at CMU-Portugal partner institutions
  • Perform research tasks related to sponsored CMU-Portugal project
  • Assist with supervising collaborating graduate student researchers
  • Reporting on progress during meetings with the Principal Investigator
  • Report on progress during regular updates with project participants at CMU-Portugal partner institutions

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Mechanical Engineering. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to optimally interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.


  • A PhD in Mechanical, Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical, or Materials Engineering, with expertise in materials science, printed circuits, metallurgy, medical devices, microfabrication, nanotechnology, and/or mechanics of solids.
  • Experience doing original research and PhD dissertational work areas related to materials engineering, flexible or stretchable electronics, wearable computing, medical devices, microfabrication, nanotechnology, biocompatibility testing, and/or soft robotics.
  • Experience in relevant domains within the fields of mechanical, biomedical, electrical, chemical, or materials engineering.


  • Background check

Are you interested in this opportunity with us? Please apply!

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Job Function
: Research 
Primary Location
: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh 
Time Type: Full Time 
Minimum Education Level: Doctorate 

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