Materials Research-Basic

Raleigh, North Carolina
$47,000 per year plus benefits
Nov 05, 2020
Dec 05, 2020
Job Type
Full time

This job is for a three-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position working in chemical synthesis and material preparation for ceramic materials through a chemical synthesis or polymeric precursor route.

The scope includes but is not limited to solution-based materials synthesis, manipulation of precursor polymers composition, material fabrication for desired properties, and material property characterizations.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Perform hands-on synthesis, characterization and testing of new compounds
  • Sample fabrication of ceramics and ceramic matrix composites
  • Material property characterizations, such as FT-IR, XRD, XPS, Raman, TGA/DSC, SEM, TEM, and electrical/dielectric property measurements
  • Publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Training and supervising graduate and undergraduate students
  • Lab maintenance, including equipment setup, maintenance, organization, and ordering of supplies as needed


  • Requires a doctor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Material Engineering, Polymer Science, or equivalent scientific discipline.
  • A strong background in synthetic organic chemistry including experience with multi-step organic synthesis and extensive organic compound structural characterization.
  • High technical achievement as evidenced by publication in high-impact scientific journals.
  • Prior experience with ceramic material fabrication through a polymeric precursor route is preferred.


The review process for applications will begin on Nov. 01, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date for these positions is Nov. 15, 2020. Salary will be competitive based on qualifications.


The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) is among the largest and most prominent in the nation. The department offers Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Aerospace Engineering (AE).

The MAE Department has an enrollment of over 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students. The department is housed in Engineering Building III, a four-story, 250,000-square foot facility built in 2010. The annex houses an anechoic chamber, wind tunnels, internal combustion engine dynamometers, and additional research labs. NC State’s location on Centennial Campus combined with its proximity to the Research Triangle Park and neighboring universities provides extensive opportunities for academic and industrial interaction and collaboration.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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