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Postdoctoral Fellow - CEMR - Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering

West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 9, 2024




The Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University invites applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Fellow in the general area of Mechanical Engineering, with the research area focused on strain sensing for legged robot locomotion control and biomimetic modeling. The initial appointment is one year, starting on or near 1 August 2024, with the possibility of extension.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following: experimental research to characterize the stress-strain properties of leg segment morphologies and materials, processing and summarizing these data, incorporating the real-time processing of such data for robot control, and designing and performing experiments to use such robots to model locomotion in animals, disseminating research results through technical publications, attending research conferences and reading scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current research findings, identifying and assisting with acquisition of funding from public, private, and governmental sources, interacting and collaborating with researchers within a collaborative research project, overseeing and coordinating graduate students, writing and presenting research status reports for review and use of the principal investigator, and preparing the results of research findings for presentation to colleagues and the sponsor.

To apply for this position, visit Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references. Only candidates who submit complete documentation will be considered in the review process. For further questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Nicholas Szczecinski via email at or visit the MAE website at .

The Statler College has seven academic departments, over 3,800 students, and 135 faculty members, with about $42 Million in annual external research expenditures. The Statler College is nationally recognized for high quality teaching, excellent research, and outstanding faculty and students. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has 35 tenure-track or tenured faculty members and over 575 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. It offers degrees at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels, including dual B.S. degrees in both aerospace and mechanical engineering.

Qualifications :

Eligible candidates must hold an earned doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, neuroscience, biology, or a related field at the time of appointment. Expertise in experimental research on material characterization, biomechanics, and sensory neuroscience is required.

West Virginia University is the State’s comprehensive Land Grant University with an enrollment of about 29,000 students and a R1 Carnegie Classification. Morgantown, including its vicinity, has a diverse population of about 62,000 residents and is ranked highly among the most livable small cities in the country. The community lies within a high technology corridor that also includes several federal research facilities, as well as industries active in shale gas operations. The city is readily accessible and within driving distance from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. For more information on WVU and Morgantown, see and .

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU’s academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences. West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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