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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Plastics Engineering

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Plastics Engineering
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade
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General Summary of Position:

We are seeking a candidate for a Postdoctoral appointment working in the area of functional textile with appreciation for i) knitting and weaving various structures, ii) optical and mechanical characterization of woven/knit textiles, iii) functionality via moisture wicking and temperature responsiveness. Experience or familiarity with textile construction is a must. In addition, we also look for a candidate with a strong background on fibers and textile; the focus is geared toward textile and composite characterization rather than fiber spinning. The candidate should have expertise in design of experiments, solid mechanics, fabric construction, and materials characterization. The ideal candidate will have sound knowledge of polymer structure- process- property relationships. The ideal candidate should have an understanding of the role fibers play in fabric formation and quality. Experience leading student groups in addition to presenting research to academic and industrial audiences are critical. Other tasks will include documentation of research findings, meeting with other research staff, supervising graduate students, collaboration on and presentation of scientific papers, grant and proposal writing, and industrial outreach.

This position is contingent upon funding. This position is available for 12 months, with a possibility for a 6 to 12 month renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

Education:

  • PhD in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Fibers and Textiles, Plastics Engineering, Polymer Engineering or related field
  • The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Expertise in fiber/textile mechanics and properties
  • Prior experience with working in interdisciplinary teams is preferable

Experience:

  • Textile construction, design of experiments, fiber design, weaving, knitting, polymer structure- process- property relationships, DSC, TGA and polymer rheology
  • Publication record is also important
  • Other tasks will include documentation of research findings, meeting with other research staff, supervising graduate students, collaboration on scientific papers, and presentation of research findings to internal and external audiences, proposal writing and grant application
  • This position requires a high level of understanding of the relationship between processing, polymer structure and properties
  • Other tasks will include documentation of research findings, meeting with other research staff, supervising graduate students, collaboration on scientific papers, and presentation of research findings to internal and external audiences, proposal writing and grant application
  • This position requires a high level of understanding of the relationship between processing, polymer structure and properties

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 are received.

This position is contingent upon funding. This position is available for 12 months, with a possibility for a 6 to 12 month 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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