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Postdoctoral and PhD Opportunities on a US DoE Funded Project at University of Central Florida, Orlando

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The laboratories of Profs. Seetha Raghavan and Ranajay Ghosh at the University of Central Florida, Orlando welcomes applications for a postdoctoral scholar to commence work in Spring 2018 and a PhD student to join the group in Spring 2018 or Fall 2018 as part of a multi-year research project funded by the US Department of Energy.

The selected Postdoctoral candidate will be tasked with developing and testing advanced diagnostic testing capabilities in extreme environments, of relevance to engine applications (synchrotron x-ray diffraction, imaging). Novel materials, mechanics and measurements advances that enable accurate and high-resolution measurements of temperature and strains during operational extreme environments will be the focus of the research effort. Benchmarking new techniques with industry standards diagnostics will feature as part of the effort. The postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to collaborate with heavily with industry and a national laboratory. The candidate may also contribute to developing modeling techniques for studying configurations and material combinations of interest.

The selected candidate will work primarily under the supervision of Prof Raghavan. Strong presentation skills, capability to support with managing a team of students and excellent communication with external collaborators including industry partners and scientists are desired strengths.

Candidates should have a doctorate in mechanical/aerospace engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry or a related field, and should have a strong understanding of the mechanics of materials, advanced diagnostics in this area, as well as experience in developing and using computational or experimental techniques. Please email Prof Raghavan with your curriculum vitae, a one page research statement, a representative journal publication, and at least two references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The prospective PhD student should be highly-motivated to participate in experimental and/or computational research related to the mechanics of materials and should be interested in active collaborative research with industry. Candidates should have a degree in mechanical/aerospace engineering, materials science, or a related field, and a firm understanding of engineering mechanics. Interested individuals should email Prof Raghavan with their curriculum vitae, two references.

All queries related to these positions should be directed to either Dr. Seetha Raghavan ( or Dr. Ranajay Ghosh (

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UCF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. 

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