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Postdoc Positions Available at Virginia Tech

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Advanced Manufacturing and Metamaterials Laboratory ( directed by Dr. Xiaoyu "Rayne" Zheng at Virginia Tech seeks highly motivated and exceptional postdoc scholars in the broad areas of 1) advanced materials for additive manufacturing/3D Printing, 2) architected materials, mechanics of multi-functional materials. Our group draws on principles from mechanics, material science and advanced manufacturing techniques to pursue innovations on 3D architected metamaterials and explore their extraordinary structural and functional properties for a wide range of applications in structural, flexible electronics and energy conversions. Located at the Corporate Research Center with more than 10,000 sqft lab space established in 2015, our group is affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering and Macromolecues Innovation Institute at Virginia Tech. The positions are open immediately.   

Essential Duties

- Conduct research and development of design, modeling and experimental studies of architected materials and devices.

- Design, analyze and implement structural and dynamic multi-functional metamaterials.

- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.

- Collaborate/mentor with other team members to manufacture designed materials with a suite of advanced manufacturing/additive manufacturing techniques.


- PhD in engineering or related field in the design and mechanics of architected materials. Mechanical engineering, civil, material science and engineering, mechanics, or electrical engineering will be considered.

- Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and background in fields related to mechanics of architected materials, mechanical metamaterials, or material synthesis for 3D printing and experience with advanced manufacturing.

- Demonstrated ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.

- Demonstrated proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment, present and explain technical information.

- Demonstrated initiative and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications

- Familiar with ABACUS, COMSOL or other numerical simulation packages.

- Knowledge and experience of materials for additive manufacturing, multi-functional materials

Review of applications will begin immediatedly. Interested candidates should send your detailed CV, representative publications, and contact information of at least three references to Prof. Rayne Zheng.




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