Postdoctoral Research Associate, CAM-STAR


Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open To The Public

Employment Status: Full-Time, Temporary

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS0058/8

Salary Range: $28.82 per hour ($59,945 annually)

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Brief Description of Duties

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM-STAR) and Multiscale Thermal Transport & Energy Conversion (MT2EC) Laboratory under the school of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at the University of the District of Columbia is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a research interest in Metal Laser Sintering Process during Additive Manufacturing. This position is primarily a temporary/training position in which the incumbent plays a substantive role in planning and conducting research by using quantitative and qualitative methods to collect, analyze and report data activities. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, this role will participate in the planning of independent research, will analyze and interpret data, will publish results, will represent the university at conferences and meetings, and may develop new theories and methodologies. THe Postdoctoral Research Associate, CAM-STAR may also help the Principal Investigator to lead and direct the work of lower level research staff. This role performs work under the supervision of experienced researchers.

This position will involve working within CAM-STAR and MT2EC Laboratory on a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored project regarding understanding the processing-microstructure-property relationships of additively manufactured parts during direct metal laser sintering processes through multi-scale modeling and experimental characterization. The Postdoctoral Associate’s responsibilities include but are not limited to conducting experiments and collecting data, analyzing data, develop simulation models and identify algorithms, performing statistical analyses, preparing manuscripts and conference presentations, assisting the PI to prepare project reports, and other tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts high quality research in the area of interest
  • Works closely with graduate and undergraduate students to contribute to joint projects;
  • Participates in teaching and outreach activities and programs;
  • Presents and publishes research findings at conferences and in peer reviewed publications;
  • Prepares progress reports for the funding sources;
  • Seeks external funding to support and expand research activities to enhance the prestige and visibility of the University and to initiate research projects with government, private sector and the community;

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Highly self-motivated and self-directed.
  • Exemplary problem-solving skills, ability to work independently as well as on a team;
  • Proficient written and verbal communication;
  • Ph.D. in Engineering or another closely related field at the time of appointment.
  • Research experience in the areas of Heat Transfer, Manufacturing, Simulation, Material Science, and Machine Learning,
  • Experience with Simulation software including but not limited to: COMSOL, ANSYS and OpenFOAM etc.
  • Experience with data analyses and algorithm development
  • Proficiency in computer programming with C++ and Python;
  • Ability to prepare manuscripts including graphs and illustrations for publication;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with teams.

I nformation to Applicant

Condition of Employment:
Temporary employment may be ended at anytime with or without cause.

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in the collective bargaining unit.

E mployment Benefits: Depending upon length of appointment, selectee may or may not be eligible for full benefits such as health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and may not be eligible for the University of the District of Columbia’s retirement plan (TIAA).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: While at this time the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B), we encourage and will consider individuals in an eligible OPT.

D rug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a 'satisfactory background investigation' is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources only.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: .

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