Job ID: 170049

Postdoctoral Fellow - Laser Diagnostics in Combustion and Plasma

West Virginia University

  • Oct. 21, 2021
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Laser Diagnostics in Combustion and Plasma
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • West Virginia University
    Morgantown, WV
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Optics & Optical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University seeks an outstanding candidate for the position of Post-Doctoral Fellow in the general area of advanced laser-based diagnostics with application on reacting/non-reacting flows and thermal/non-thermal plasmas. The primary place of appointment would be in the Plasma, Combustion and Fluid imaging (PCFi) Laboratory within the MAE Department. The target start date is January 01, 2022.

Essential Duties:
1. Conducting laser diagnostic research under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI). This specifically involves:

  • Design and develop a couple of laser diagnostics techniques. The techniques of interest include, but not limited to, Laser Induced Florescence (LIF), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES), Raman, Rayleigh and Thompson scattering.
  • Align and calibrate the diagnostics techniques.
  • Develop numerical platform to post-process the raw experimental data for quantification and calibration purpose.

2. Identifying public, private, or governmental research sponsors, initiating and assisting in the formulation and writing of externally funded research proposals.

3. Participating in teaching and outreach activities in the MAE Department.

4. Searching scientific literature to select and adapt methods or procedures that are most appropriate for specific research goals

5. Preparing results of experimental findings for presentation to colleagues and sponsors at professional/technical conferences; and/or, for publication in scientific journals, as directed.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics or other closely related discipline.
  • Strong publication record as a first author in peer-reviewed journal papers.
  • Ability and high self-motivation to work productively and ethically, both independently and as part of a diverse team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to assist undergraduate and/or graduate projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise in lab experimentation (e.g., data accusation, gas handling, working with tools, lab safety).
  • Demonstrated expertise with laser diagnostics for quantitative measurement of species concentration, temperature and velocity.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of quantum mechanics and laser spectroscopy for post-processing of the collected data.
  • Ability to operate and maintain laboratory equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of combustion at extreme conditions (i.e., high-pressure, high-temperature, high-velocity and low fuel concentration).
  • Knowledge with plasma synthesis.
  • Knowledge of laser calibration and tuning.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for one year with a possibility of renewal based on productivity, successful performance and the availability of funding.

Required Application Materials:

  • A detailed CV.
  • A cover letter that highlights the research interests and skills.
  • Up to three selected publications.
  • Names and contact information of three references.

About PCFi:
At PCFi lab, we combine novel technological innovations, predictive kinetic modeling and advanced laser-based diagnostics to achieve high-efficiency propulsion, clean-energy generation and less-emission transportation. Our research is focused on the fundamental understandings of the reacting and non-reacting flows, ignition, chemical kinetics, flame stabilization and structure, combustion properties and low-temperature plasma under extreme conditions. The specific outcomes are incredibly relevant in combustion devices (i.e., burners, gas turbines, rocket and IC engines), air-breathing high-speed vehicle (i.e., ramjet and scramjet), plasma synthesis and processing, fire safety, alternative fuels development as well as a variety of other applications in energy, defense, and environmental field.

About WVU & MAE:
West Virginia University is the comprehensive Land Grant University of the State of West Virginia with a main campus enrollment of over 29,000 students, and a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity (i.e., R1 University). Morgantown is a safe, inclusive and family-friendly community with a regional population of about 62,000 residents and is ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. It lies within a high technology corridor that includes several federal research facilities, such as the NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V), the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The city is located within reasonable driving distances from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. For more information on WVU and Morgantown, see and
The MAE Department has 35 tenure-track or tenured faculty members, about 700 undergraduate and 115 graduate students. It offers degrees at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels, including dual B.S. degrees in both aerospace and mechanical engineering. You may also visit the MAE website at

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Under represented class members are encouraged to apply. This includes: minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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