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Research Associate Position at University of Virginia in Professor Xiaodong (Chris) Li's Lab

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia seeks candidates for a Research Associate to assist in the development of low-cost carbon fiber techniques in Professor Xiaodong (Chris) Li's lab.

 QUALIFCATION REQUIRMENTS: A PhD in Mechanical Engineering or related field is required by the start date of the position. The successful candidate will have a background in materials science, carbon fiber/carbon materials/materials synthesis research. Experience with materials synthesis and characterization, and mechanical characterization techniques, including but not limited to scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray diffraction as well as mechanical testing techniques, including but not limited to tension/compression testing and indentation is required. The candidate shall be expected to research, develop, manufacture, and demonstrate carbon fiber precursor technology and processing techniques.

 APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at  and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. 

 This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

 For additional information about the position, please contact Chris Li, Professor,

  For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

 The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.



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