Post Doc Fellow, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

University of Cincinnati


Job posting number: #7083087

Posted: August 16, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.

Job Overview
The College of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow who is a self-motivated individual to assist the Principal Investigator in research related to Nondestructive Evaluation. The incumbent will conduct research and/or analyze research data and ensure that all experiments are appropriately conducted following the policies and procedures of the University of Cincinnati. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee.

The Nondestructive Evaluation Group at the University of Cincinnati has a postdoc opening for design of a high-temperature Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer (EMAT) for the Department of Energy. The researcher appointed to this role will be primarily concerned with the electromagnetic design of the transducers and the unique engineering challenges associated with high-temperature use. A background in electromagnetics is therefore highly advantageous. Experience with hands-on experimental work is also desired.

Numerous engineering assets operate at temperatures exceeding 550°C, including power station and oil refinery pipelines. These assets are prone to thermally accelerated damage mechanisms such as corrosion and cracking. Realization of a permanently installable monitoring system that is resilient to these harsh conditions will be transformative in enable real-time structural integrity assurance in a range of applications. This project focuses on the design of Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducers (EMATs) that electromagnetically excite and detect ultrasonic waves. Permanently installed EMAT sensors are already commercially available but are limited to ~350°C; in this project, the fundamental design principles for EMATs will be revised to extend operation up to 550°C. The project will combine electromagnetic theory with practical engineering challenges.

The project is funded by the US Department of Energy. The initial appointment is for 1 year, with the possibility to extend it annually for up to 2 more years.

About the Research Group
The University of Cincinnati Center for Nondestructive Evaluation ( is a world leader in Nondestructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring research. The Center has a strong industry focus and aims to solve real-world engineering challenges by combining fundamental science with technical engineering expertise. The Center is almost unique in its multi-disciplinary approach to NDE & SHM: it has built up expertise and experience in ultrasonics, electromagnetics, imaging, SHM and structural integrity. The research center has cutting edge facilities with the latest equipment and over 2000 sq ft of lab space. The Center prides itself on combining analytical, computational and experimental research with engineering know-how to raise the technology readiness of solutions towards industry exploitation.

At UCNDE you will be part of a supportive and successful team of researchers and benefit from intensive one-on-one collaboration with the PI. As a post-doc you will be instrumental in leading the research group and have opportunities to be involved in a number of projects. The Centre covers a wide range of research areas and we will work with you to advance state-of-the-art techniques and technology.

Essential Functions
Conduct research experiments in a particular field within the pre-determined research scope and methodology.
Gather and analyze data and develop new ideas that promote current research.
Prepare data summaries, reports, manuscripts and presentations of research results.
Participate/assist in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentation; may assist in grant writing.
Keep informed of developments in field to maintain and enhance professional expertise.
Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies, as needed.
May teach techniques to others, train, and mentor junior research staff.
Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities.
Play an active role in seeking career and research advice, both from the faculty supervisor and from other faculty members as well.
Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.
Minimum Requirements
The researcher appointed to this role will be primarily concerned with the electromagnetic design of the transducers and the unique engineering challenges associated with high-temperature use. A background in electromagnetics is therefore highly advantageous. Evidence of hands-on experimental work is also desired.

In-depth knowledge of a specialized field, process, or discipline.
May require experience with specialized software programs such as Comsol Multiphysics.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work and collaborate effectively with students, faculty, and staff from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
Ph.D., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D., required in a relevant engineering discipline or physics.
Application Process
Interested candidates should apply at by searching position number # 69124.

Please upload the following under the 'Additional Documents' section of the application:

Cover letter describing previous research experience, current research interests and goals
Full list of publications
Names and contact information for three individuals who are familiar with your research and can be contacted to supply a letter of reference.
Application Deadline is August 31, 2021.
Application review to begin September 1, 2021.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

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