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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Characterization and Modeling of Adhesives and Textile

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grant
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General Summary of Position:

The successful candidate will conduct experimental and numerical research on curing of adhesives in wind energy applications, textile manufacturing and testing, and mechanical testing of adhesive joints.  The position will work with the PI in writing scholarly articles, making conference presentations, and providing reporting and presentations to sponsors as well as developing new research directions and writing new proposals.

Essential Job Duties:

  1. Conduct experimental and numerical research on the curing of adhesives in Wind Energy applications. Specifically, it includes:
    1. Thermal characterization of cure kinetics of low-CTE adhesives
    2. Using existing models to predict the temperature/cure development of adhesives in thick joints. Validate model with benchtop experiments, and use model to optimize cure profiles
    3. Use manufacturing plant data to simulate curing in the presence of unknowns
    4. Prepare status reports and update sponsors under the direction of the PI, on time and to the highest standard
  2. Mechanical Testing of Textiles
    1. Perform biaxial tension test on different fabrics.  Analyze and catalog results
    2. Obtain textile geometry using imaging methods and computer algorithms
    3. Prepare status reports on time and to the highest standard
  3. Mechanical Testing of Adhesive Joints
    1. Manage students testing and manufacturing adhesive joint specimens
    2. Advise student on experimental methods, parametric design studies, and task management for adhesive joint testing
  4. Attend Meetings related to the research projects
    1. Attend weekly group meetings for research group and individual projects
  5. Promote the University’s commitment to customer service by:
    1. Build effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
    2. Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
    3. Maintaining an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or related area


  • Experience in experimental techniques such DSC, TGA, imaging, tensile test, digital image correlation, etc. Experience in finite element software and computational simulation is also highly valued


  • Computer programming; experimental solid mechanics, scientific and interpersonal communication (individual and group meetings, presentations, written reports, journal publications, etc.)

Additional Considerations:

  • Should demonstrate a minimum number of at least 2 publications in the field
  • Ability to work independently, with limited direction, as well as within a team environment
  • Ability to mentor and inspire students with limited research experience

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for up to one year with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  





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