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Postdoctoral Candidate - Investigation of Aging of Polymers for Flexible Electronics

KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)

POSTDOCTORAL CANDIDATE- INVESTIGATION OF AGING OF POLYMERS FOR FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS

Introduction
The Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) invites applications for a Postdoctoral fellow in Mechanical Engineering at the Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS).

We seek a highly motivated candidate who will be involved in a challenging project involving the development of flexible electronics. The project is related to the understanding of aging mechanisms of polymeric substrates under mechanical cyclic loading and UV exposure. It includes both an experimental component and modeling activity. Following an in-depth literature review, the work on the project will begin with general activity on epoxy based materials to develop general aging models. We will then focus on specific nano modified substrates for photovoltaic application.

Please contact us for a further description of the project.

Qualifications
The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or other relevant discipline and must have several years’ experience and a strong background in experimental solid mechanics for polymeric materials. An in-depth knowledge of theoretical mechanics and aging modeling is also required.

A high level of self-motivation, professional competence and a good command of oral and written English, PC skills, the ability to work in a team, as well as alone and good organizational skills are essential.

Other duties
The Postdoctoral fellow will be actively engaged in student mentoring (directed research, Masters thesis students).

He / She will also be in charge of developing further the facilities of the laboratory in term of in-situ UV aging for polymeric materials. The candidate will also be required to deliver regular reports related to the associated Industrial grant.

Appointment
1 year, renewable up to three years by mutual agreement.

The candidate is expected to join the team as soon as a successful interview has been completed. The deadline for the submission of applications is the 21st of September 2012.

Benefits
In addition to a competitive salary (no tax is paid in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
The successful candidate will enjoy a generous benefit package including medical/dental insurance, on- campus free housing, K-12 schools, paid airfare (at start and end of contract) and outstanding recreational facilities.

Application Requirements
Application requirements are as below:
1. Detailed CV including list of publications, awards, with potential start date
2. Short statement of previous work, and a description of their research project
(no more than one A4 page).
3. Three professional reference letters.
4. Slides from a recent presentation in a conference or seminar.

Interested applicants should send their complete application packets to:

COHMAS administrator
Ros Harvey
cohmas@kaust.edu.sa

Please copy (cc:) all applications to:
Dr. Gilles Lubineau (gilles.lubineau@kaust.edu.sa)

Please use as subject for your email: Post Doc Application – Aging of Flexible Electronics

About KAUST and the COHMAS laboratory
The Composite and Heterogeneous Material Analysis and Simulation Laboratory (COHMAS) is located at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and forms part of the Physical Science and Engineering Division.
COHMAS develops and validates techniques to achieve the better design of composite materials based structures. Our general research activities cover:
• Multiscale damage modeling in composites: micromechanics, mesoscale damage mechanics for structural application, molecular mechanics, homogeneization
• Computational strategies for multimodel problems: gluing techniques between models at different scales
• Inverse problems for the identification of material parameters based on full-fields measurements and computed tomography
• Mechanics of multiscale reinforced composites: nanoreinforced materials, carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers
• Aging and degradation of composite structures submitted to severe environmental conditions

Every project we undertake seeks to develop an integrated approach to material analysis including advanced experimental characterization, advanced modeling and simulation.

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