Post-Doctoral Fellow Position
Melt Infiltration Processing of Ceramic Composites
School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN USA
A position for a Post-Doctoral Fellow working in the area of melt infiltration processing of shaped ceramic composites is immediately available in the research group of Ken H. Sandhage (Reilly Professor of Materials Engineering) in the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN (USA). The aim of this position is to develop near net-shaped ceramic composites for use as thermally-, mechanically-, and chemically-robust materials for high-temperature heat exchangers (HEXs) in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems, in order to raise the peak operational temperature relative to current HEXs comprised of structural metal alloys.
The Post-Doctoral Fellow will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Purdue University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Thar Energy supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This Post-Doctoral Fellow will conduct research on the development of a melt infiltration process for converting porous shaped preforms into dense, near net-shaped ceramic composites of desired chemistry and phase content. The position will also involve writing publications, making presentations, and preparing reports for DOE. Highly motivated, hardworking candidates with a strong background and good hands-on skills related to the fabrication of shaped porous ceramic preforms, reactive melt infiltration into such preforms, evaluation of interfacial reactions, and characterization of the microstructure and properties of ceramic composites are strongly encouraged to apply.
Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, ceramic engineering, metallurgical engineering, or a related field, with good English speaking skills and a demonstrated ability to write technical articles in English. Qualified applicants should send resumes (with a publication list), 2-3 representative publications, a brief description of career goals and motivation for joining this effort, and contact information (with phone numbers) for 3 referees by e-mail to: email@example.com