Job ID: 132645

Graduate Research Assistant

Missouri University of Science and Technology

  • Oct. 30, 2019
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Rolla, MO
  • Open until filled
  • Available Immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Material/Metallurgy
    Engineering - Other

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is seeking highly motivated Ph.D. graduate students to contribute to an ARPA-E HITEMMP (High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials and Manufacturing Processes) program whose goal is to ‘develop new approaches and technologies for the design and manufacture of high temperature, high pressure, efficient, and highly compact heat exchangers’. Multiple appointments are available until filled.

Successful applicants will work with a highly experienced team to develop manufacturing technologies to fabricate ultra-high temperature ceramic-based heat exchangers for use with supercritical carbon dioxide Brayton cycles. Research area opportunities include:

1) Additive manufacturing of ultra-high temperature ceramics;
2) Ceramic fusion welding;
3) Supercritical CO2 corrosion/material-extreme environment interactions; and,
4) Advanced materials characterization.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Assistant Professor David Lipke at Please include in your introductory message a brief (< 250 word) statement of interest and a 1-2 page CV.

Desired Qualifications
Applicants for Ph.D. graduate level appointment should hold a B.S. or higher degree in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or related field, and should possess a record of excellence as evidenced by high academic achievement, relevant internship/co-op/work experience, and extra-curricular involvement (preferably leadership). Prior research experience and publications are a plus, but not required.

Working at Missouri S&T
Missouri S&T is a public land grant and space grant university located in Rolla, Missouri (approximately halfway between St. Louis and Springfield along Interstate-44). The 284-acre rural campus is located nearby to popular outdoor activities including the Mark Twain National Forest, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Lake of the Ozarks State Park, and the St. Francois Mountains.

Missouri S&T is a member institution of the University of Missouri System. Greater than 90% of its 8,884 students (fall 2017) study engineering, business, sciences, or mathematics.

Candidates will work in a dynamic research environment under the auspices of the Enabling Materials for Extreme Environments signature area, which addresses national needs related to clean energy production, hypersonic flight vehicles, and advanced propulsion systems. Enabling Materials for Extreme Environments includes collaborators in chemistry, materials science and engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering, and physics. This team draws heavily on the resources of Missouri S&T’s Materials Research Center. The MRC is the longest-standing research center on campus and has a history of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. The MRC provides major research instrumentation including x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, dual-beam focused ion beam milling and electron imaging, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

Signature area leaders Greg Hilmas and Bill Fahrenholtz, Curators’ Distinguished Professors of Ceramic Engineering, have collaborated for over 15 years on ultra-high-temperature structural ceramics for aerospace applications. The group has amassed a unique collection of highly specialized equipment for research in this area, including several high-temperature furnaces, a mechanical testing system for measuring strength and elastic modulus up to 2600°C, and a thermal property analysis system capable of operating up to 2800°C. The quality and impact of this research is recognized around the globe.

  • Missouri S&T is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability or status as a protected veteran. Females, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The university participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please contact DHS at: 1-888-464-4218.

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Contact Information

  • David Lipke
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    Missouri University of Science and Technology
    1400 N. Bishop Ave.
    223 McNutt Hall
    Rolla, MO 65409

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