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University of Utah Center for Aerospace Postdoc Position

A new center at the University of Utah is being formed to lead cross-cutting aerospace materials research.  The center will support the missions of NASA, DOD, DOE, and the local aerospace industry in Utah with applications in structures, radiation shielding, energy storage, and multifunctional materials.  The center is directed by Dr. Mike Kirby and Dr. Jacob Hochhalter.

A highly qualified postdoc is sought to support the center through aerospace materials and sustainment research, proposal development, and networking with researchers and industries across Utah.  Specifically, the successful candidate will be tasked with the following: proposal literature review and writing, formatting, completion of multi-team inputs, and proof-of-concept studies; executing independent research; assisting with the direction of research group(s); submission of at least two peer-reviewed journal articles per year and producing engaging demonstrations to foster opportunities for local disadvantaged youth, expanding our DEIA portfolio.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science, or an equivalent with experience in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, scientific computing, and/or data science. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in lightweight metallic or composite materials, extreme environment (e.g., hypersonic and re-entry) applications, physics-informed machine learning, and uncertainty quantification.  US citizenship is preferred but not required. The initial term of the position is one year with the possibility for renewal. The expected start date is July 1st, 2023 but flexible. Pay will start at $54K/year with benefits totaling $28K/year.  Continuation of the position and opportunities for advancement will be contingent on performance which will be reviewed every six months.  To apply, please send (1) your CV with a complete list of publications and contact information for at least two references; (2) a copy of your most representative paper to and


The University of Utah is in Salt Lake City and nestled against the Wasatch Mountains, offering unparalleled access to both urban and outdoor recreational activities. There are seven world-class ski resorts within 30-60 minutes of campus and eight national parks within just a few hours of campus.

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