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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Mechanical Engineering – Non-thermal Plasma

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Salary: Salary anticipated at $50,000 annually
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General Summary of Position:

The successful applicant will conduct experimental research in Plasma Catalysis. This research position is available for a DOE-funded project focused on studying reaction mechanisms for plasma catalytic ammonia synthesis through plasma diagnostics and kinetics analysis when employing model materials.

The initial appointment will be for one to two years with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

Essential Duties:

1. Conduct computational research under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI). This specifically involves:

•     Develop an improved understanding of non-thermal plasmas, specifically when using atmospheric discharges such as the dielectric barrier discharge.

•     Design and develop materials for plasma environments.

•     Evaluate the possible reaction pathways under non-thermal plasma environments and the possible decentralization of this technology.

•     Prepare status reports and deliverables in collaboration with and under the direction of the PI, on time and to the highest standard.

2. Assist supervisor in writing scholarly articles and research proposals

The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and assist in the formulation and writing of externally funded research proposals. This effort will include finding appropriate opportunities, finding collaborative partners, generating preliminary data, and proposal writing. 

The successful candidate will be expected to publish at least 2 articles per year in peer-reviewed scientific journals based on the research conducted as first author, along with participation in other papers in a secondary roll. Papers and presentations in scientific conferences will also be required.

3. Attend Meetings related to the research projects

    Conduct weekly group meeting between PI, Post-Docs and students.

4. Supervision of Graduate Students


•     Meet weekly with students to review their research projects, progress, papers and to develop path forward. 

 Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • PhD in Engineering, Physic, Chemistry, or related area


  • Design, construction and operation of vacuum chambers, high voltage current circuits and networks, Langmuir probes and optical components for running and optimization of optical emission spectroscopy (OES), and the ability to operate and maintain advanced laboratory equipment for plasma discharges and measurement electronics.


Experimental skills in Gas Chromatography (GC), reactor design and assembly and wet chemistry synthesis; effective 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.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.   

This position is contingent upon funding.  The initial appointment will be for one year with a possibility of renewal based on productivity, successful 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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