Post Doctoral Fellow (E)

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Location: Salt Lake City, UTAH
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Post Doctoral Fellow (E)
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Open Date 10/23/2020
Requisition Number PRN24576B
Job Title Post Doctoral Fellow (E)
Working Title Post Doctoral Fellow
Job Grade A00
FLSA Code Administrative
Patient Sensitive Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary
VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00102 - Mines and Earth Sciences-Dean
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range 45,000 - 55,000
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Summary

The University of Utah (UU), DOE BES-funded Energy Frontier Research Center, MUSE, has two postdoctoral fellow openings starting immediately. Details on the Center mission, team, events and publications can be found at

The mission of the EFRC is to develop a new fundamental understanding and models of the transport and interfacial properties of fluids confined by porous media by integrating multi-scale experimental and theoretical methods including state-of-the-art microscopy imaging, and validated multi-scale, physics-based modeling of hierarchical and natural nanostructured materials of varying levels of physical and chemical heterogeneities.

Both postdoctoral fellowships will require excellent technical and communication skills as part of a fast-paced collaboration between five universities and a national laboratory. More specifically, the two positions will focus on 1) nano-porous geo-architected materials synthesis and 2) in situ experimental assessment of mechanical properties of nano-porous geological materials. The first position will be principally a collaboration between researchers at the University of California-Davis (UCD) and UU. The second position will be principally a collaboration between researchers at Cornell University (CU) and UU. While the two fellows will be employees of the University of Utah, opportunities exist for the candidates to be physically located at one of the other partner institutions. Both fellows will be expected to mentor students and carryout independent experimental and theoretical research in their respected areas. In addition, fellows will help lead collaborative communications between the partner institutions.

A stretch goal of the center in area 1 is to fabricate relatively large scale (testable) geo-materials with designed and well-characterized pore shape and distributions. While the Center is seeking individuals with broad skills in materials synthesis, demonstrable competency in areas such as self-assembly, sol gel chemistry, MOF, gas precursor, 3D printing, electrophoresis, and conventional sintering methods are of interest to the Center. The fellow responsible for area 2 will be expected to have excellent knowledge of the mechanical properties of inorganic. Skills of interest include competency in the use of in situ TEM, pico- or nano-indentation, surface chemical analysis, and synchrotron methods, x-ray methods for characterizing microstructure and chemistry under confinement.

Applicants should have a PhD in a field of materials science and engineering or a closely related field.

Review of applications will begin on December 1 and will be accepted until the positions are filled. The terms of the positions are for one year with the possibility for renewal for a second year.

This position is considered Category I: Mandatory and required on campus or health care facilities to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at (insert work site) if they are healthy and without COVID-19 symptoms.

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Type Benefited Staff
Special Instructions Summary

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