Post-Doctoral Fellow - Mechanical Engineering
The Extreme Structures and Materials Laboratory at the Colorado
School of Mines invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Research
position. We are looking to hire a self-motivated and talented
individual with a strong experimental aptitude to contribute
significantly to both our hands-on experimental work and
corresponding analytical development in a fast-paced, creative
The research activities involve state-of-the-art experiments to
understand the response of materials subjected to extreme
temperatures, dynamic loading states and high strain-rates. The
individual hired will be responsible for leading on some of the
current research project, assisting with experiments, operating,
maintaining, and potentially improving lab instrumentation and
generally contributing to the laboratory research projects and
This posting will likely hire multiple Post-Doctoral Fellows for
this same research opportunity.
The overall responsibilities for this position are as
- Participate in the research experiments, including the design,
fabrication, and assembly of experimental components and equipment.
The experimental responsibilities are strongly hands-on and require
an excellent mechanical aptitude in a laboratory setting, including
the use of specialized tools to operate and improve the
laboratories experimental capabilities.
- Participate in the development and implementation of
experimental techniques for a broad range of research projects
involving dynamic behavior of materials.
- Contribute effectively to all aspects of the experimental and
corresponding analytical efforts, including guidance and assistance
to other laboratory postdoctoral research associates, and graduate
- Conduct regular maintenance and administrative activities in
the laboratories, order experimental components and supplies, etc.,
and work effectively in a team setting.
- Prepare sponsor reports and publications as appropriate.
- Potentially aid in the development of research grant ideas and
submissions, as needed.
Note: Due to the diverse nature of the research activities and the
facilities in the laboratory, the above list should be viewed as a
representative, but not a complete, list of responsibilities.
Education and Experience:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- PhD in Mechanical Engineering, or related field
About Mines & Golden, CO
- Knowledge of advanced experimental mechanics and full-field
metrology techniques such as digital image correlation.
- Demonstrated strong comprehension of advanced mechanics of
materials is a must.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment, as
- Personal attributes should include critical thinking, excellent
communication skills – both oral and written, sound judgement,
clear sense of purpose and attention to detail
- Working knowledge of engineering drawing and finite element
method analysis highly desired
- Preference will be given to those with specific dynamic
behavior of experiments background, e.g. Kolsky (split-Hopkinson)
bar training or gas-gun work, as well as any inverse techniques and
full-field method development
- Other material characterization training such as scanning
electron microscopy and micro-CT considered a plus
Mines is consistently ranked
among the top engineering colleges
in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school
in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart
of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus
location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all
that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of
cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid
climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area
an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who
value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different
perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational
and work experience.
Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all
persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex,
gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry,
creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin,
disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status
or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate
against community members for filing complaints regarding or
implicating any of these protected statuses.
Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal
opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of
its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its
efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.
Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with
federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations,
executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent
discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the
Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of
inequity or concerns for safety.
Mines is offering an academic year salary of $60,000 -
Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s
education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope
and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role,
work location, and external market and internal value when
determining a salary level for potential new employees.
Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include
pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our
portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability
insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and
retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are
eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents),
generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.
Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and
access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and
leading edge technology. For more information, visit Mines
How to Apply
Applicants will be asked to complete an online application
(personal information, demographic information, references,
veterans status), upload a CV and cover letter (required), and
provide us with contact information for 3 references (required).
References will not be contacted until later in the selection
process and you will be informed before that contact is made.
Background Investigation Required
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
This position will require documented proof of full COVID-19
vaccination or exemption because of a medical or religious
exclusion. New employees will be required to provide attestation to
their status with proof of vaccination upon hire. Religious and
medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed
as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission’s vaccination guidance.
Aug 10, 2022 Mountain Daylight Time
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