The Laboratory of Renewable Nanomaterials (LRN) of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine has a position available for a highly qualified postdoctoral research associate to work on an externally funded project aimed at understanding and modeling microwave-assisted foaming processes to develop low density 3D objects from cellulose nanomaterials and other lignocellulosic feedstock designed for various applications. The work expands current efforts being made at the University of Maine on using cellulose nanomaterials as binder and has an emphasis on multi-scale modeling although experimentation will also be conducted. Typical starting salary for this one-year fixed length, soft-money funded position is $48,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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- A recent Ph.D. (no later than 5 years) in Mechanical, Civil, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, Wood and Bioproducts Engineering, Materials Science or other related disciplines.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with microwave technology and its applications.
- Demonstrated finite element or discrete element modeling knowledge and experience.
- Proficiency in relevant modeling software.
- Hands-on experience with general analytical techniques of material characterization and testing.
- Proven record of publications in the area of expertise.
- Demonstrated excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
- Hands-on experience with composite materials processing/production especially lignocellulosic based composites.
- Experience with cellulose nanofiber production, applications and modifications as well as cement and cementitious composites.
- Knowledge of and experience in modeling and characterizing pore formation and fiber orientation during reactive molding, rheology and flow, thermal properties and coatings.
Applicants must be eligible to accept employment in the United States at the time the appointment is made.
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:
1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references
You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.
Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: August 31, 2020
Interviews to begin no earlier than: August 10, 2020
Tentative start date: September 1, 2020
For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Dr. Mehdi Tajvidi at email@example.com or 207-581-2852.
The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening and a post offer physical.
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