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Post Doctoral Appointment in Thin Film and Grain Growth Modeling

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Professor Gregory B. Thompson at the University of Alabama seeks post doctoral applicants for thin film and grain growth modeling in metal alloys. The qualified candidate will use modeling to explain and help direct experimental studies. The candidate will primarily focus on understanding how chemical partitioning contributes to stress evolution during physical deposition in metallic films as well as grain growth in metallic alloy systems.  The candidate will be able to directly link his/her modeling results to in situ, real time experimentally captured data and advanced analytical microscopy characterization, including atom probe tomography.  The post doc should be versed in using molecular dynamics, kinetic monte carlo or related approaches. The candidate will have opportunities to interface and use a variety of state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation in conjunction with his/her modeling centric focus. This will provide for a multi-disciplinary post doctoral research experience.

The post doctoral fellows will be expected to actively publish their research as well as present their research at national and international meetings. The candidates will also assist in proposal writing and preparation. Professor Thompson’s research group collaborates with several national laboratory facilities including Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and NASA Glenn Research Center as well as industrial partners. Previous students and post docs in his group have been able to travel and collaborate at these off-site facilities increasing their personal interaction in the field and research education. Successful candidates will be offered competitive stipends and health coverage.

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is approximately 60 miles southwest of Birmingham. The student body is approximately 33,000.  Tuscaloosa offers a variety of shopping, restaurants and states parks in the vicinity. The University of Alabama’s College of Engineering was founded in 1831 and is the 5th oldest college of engineering in the country.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Thompson:

Dr. Gregory Thompson
University of Alabama
Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering                
301 7th Ave, 116 Houser Hall                            
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0202                    

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