Materials Post Doctoral Fellow

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
May 13, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Materials Post Doctoral Fellow
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Detailed Job Description
Please note: This is a temporarily funded position for two (2) years.

GIS/CIMS is looking for a recent PhD graduate with strong research and communication skills, experimental and analytical materials background, and a passion for solving real-world problems for a two (2) year temporarily funded position. In our environment, researchers work on a wide variety of products and technologies, work with undergraduate and graduate students, and are engaged in collaborative research with leading companies on projects in technical areas such as: advanced manufacturing and remanufacturing, recycling, energy generation and storage systems, sustainable transportation, and prognostics.

The employee will be a core team member supporting an upcoming project to explore the use of ultrasonic surface modification as part of an improved remanufacturing process for hardened steels.

Responsibilities include:
  • Support existing projects by investigating ultrasonic surface modification of carbon and alloy steels:
    • Work collaboratively with other team members to ensure all tasks and procedures are completed on time and within budget. Effectively plan for long lead-time activities.
    • Apply design of experiments to perform lab-scale process optimization
    • Develop strategies for implementation to real-world remanufacturing applications
    • Effectively communicate results, analysis, challenges, and next steps
    • Prepare and present/publish technical results of research
  • Assist with development of proposals for external funding related to sustainable manufacturing and life-cycle extension, with a focus on: remanufacturing, process material and energy efficiency, condition assessment and prognostics, and additive manufacturing.
  • Perform/manage materials analysis, for both internal and external customers, to support product failure analysis and industrial process quality improvement
  • Provide materials expertise to support sustainable product design efforts

Department/College Description
Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a leading sustainability research and education organization at Rochester Institute of Technology. GIS is made up of a diverse set of academic programs and applied research centers focused on the optimization of industrial systems to maximize material and energy efficiency while minimizing adverse environmental impacts. We work with partners in all areas of industry, government, and business to put technology and innovation to work for a sustainable future. The diverse perspectives we bring to a project or problem reflect our broad expertise across industries and the many partnerships we’ve formed with forward-thinking corporations, government agencies, and research organizations over the last 30 years.

Our six industry-facing applied research centers focus on sustainable manufacturing, energy, transportation, and buildings. They work to develop advanced technologies, sustainable industrial processes and practices, and data-informed policy recommendations. Each year, about 100+ companies, governments, and other organizations engage GIS’s research centers on a variety of projects to solve technical problems, innovate products or processes, research manufacturing technologies, reduce their environmental footprint, or commercialize a new technology. Research center projects are led by full-time professional staff with significant industry experience and access to nearly 90,000 square feet of infrastructure including state- of-the-art labs and testbeds.

Required Minimum Qualifications
GIS is seeking a proven candidate with above average skills who has a demonstrated track record in their chosen area of materials, and interest to learn and grow with others.

Position is open to recent PhD. graduates; some experience as an employee or intern in an industry or national laboratory environment is preferred. This is a temporarily funded position for two (2) years.

Requirements include but are not limited to:

Demonstrated ability to conduct applied research, including: development of test plans (design of experiments), data acquisition and analysis, resource and budget planning, and documentation of progress.
Significant experience in metals and metallurgy (including microstructure analysis), with flexibility to work on diverse materials, technical challenges, and application domains
Experience in analysis of materials and material failures
Exceptional technical and problem-solving skills
Ability to work independently or as part of a team
Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
Some experience as an employee or intern in an industry or national laboratory environment
Experience applying and/or characterizing surface hardening processes in carbon and low alloy steels
Experience developing and transferring processes from the laboratory to production-relevant environment
Demonstrated ability to publish results in peer-reviewed technical publications/journals
Firm grasp of engineering concepts, and experience designing mechanical systems
Understanding of, or experience with, remanufacturing, recycling technologies, or additive manufacturing

Preferred Qualifications

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How to Apply
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Additional Details

Rochester Institute of Technology, the 10th largest private university in the U.S., is among the world’s leading technological universities. Its 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are enrolled in over 200 academic programs, including 7 interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs. A pioneer in experiential education, RIT was the first to offer undergraduate degree programs in biotechnology, information technology, software engineering, and microelectronic engineering. As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the university offers unparalleled academic opportunities and services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Founded in 1829, RIT has 115,000 alumni throughout the United States and around the world. RIT has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For.” RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site, and is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples through the Upstate NY Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. For more information, visit and

As a member of the RIT community employees receive a well-balanced benefits package that offers a variety of choices and access to additional employment advantages. These benefits, combined with an employee’s pay, provide a total compensation package that can be tailored to meet your needs. More on RIT’s Benefits, Health & Wellness program can be found at:

RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov