Job ID: 150267

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Characterization and Modeling of Adhesives and Textile

University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • Nov. 24, 2020
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate - Characterization and Modeling of Adhesives and Textile
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell, MA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Mechanical Engineering

Job no: 506788
Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grant
Applications Open: Nov 20 2020
Applications Close:

General Summary of Position:

The successful candidate will conduct experimental and numerical research on curing of adhesives in wind energy applications, textile manufacturing and testing, and mechanical testing of adhesive joints. The position will work with the PI in writing scholarly articles, making conference presentations, and providing reporting and presentations to sponsors as well as developing new research directions and writing new proposals.

Essential Job Duties:

Conduct experimental and numerical research on the curing of adhesives in Wind Energy applications. Specifically, it includes:
Thermal characterization of cure kinetics of low-CTE adhesives
Using existing models to predict the temperature/cure development of adhesives in thick joints. Validate model with benchtop experiments, and use model to optimize cure profiles
Use manufacturing plant data to simulate curing in the presence of unknowns
Prepare status reports and update sponsors under the direction of the PI, on time and to the highest standard
Mechanical Testing of Textiles
Perform biaxial tension test on different fabrics. Analyze and catalog results
Obtain textile geometry using imaging methods and computer algorithms
Prepare status reports on time and to the highest standard
Mechanical Testing of Adhesive Joints
Manage students testing and manufacturing adhesive joint specimens
Advise student on experimental methods, parametric design studies, and task management for adhesive joint testing
Attend Meetings related to the research projects
Attend weekly group meetings for research group and individual projects
Promote the University’s commitment to customer service by:
Build effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University by freely sharing appropriate information and providing assistance when needed.
Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
Maintaining an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and roles.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or related area

Experience in experimental techniques such DSC, TGA, imaging, tensile test, digital image correlation, etc. Experience in finite element software and computational simulation is also highly valued

Computer programming; experimental solid mechanics, scientific and interpersonal communication (individual and group meetings, presentations, written reports, journal publications, etc.)
Additional Considerations:

Should demonstrate a minimum number of at least 2 publications in the field
Ability to work independently, with limited direction, as well as within a team environment
Ability to mentor and inspire students with limited research experience
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for up to one year with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.

  • The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

    The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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  • Lowell, MA 01854

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