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Post Doctoral Fellow - Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

West Virginia University Research Corporation Human Resources
Morgantown, WV
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Nov 26, 2021

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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications for the two positions of Post Doctoral Fellow in the general area of Materials Science & Engineering. Position (1) focuses on high temperature alloys, high temperature oxidation/corrosion, and Position (2) focuses on solid oxide fuel cells/electrolysis cells and related electrochemical materials & devices. The initial appointments for both are one year with the possibility of extension.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following: planning and conducting laboratory experiments to confirm feasibility of sensor devices, processes and techniques used in situ monitoring high-temperature electrochemical kinetics, noise and corrosion process for coal ash hot corrosion in superalloys or stainless steels; attending research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current research findings; identifying and assisting with acquisition of funding from public, private, and governmental sources; searching scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for research goals; performing laboratory and field (in a power plant) experiment activities according to protocol; overseeing research facilities and personnel; writing and presenting research/study status reports for review and use of the principal investigator; and preparing the results of experimental findings for presentation to colleagues and the sponsor.

West Virginia University is the State's comprehensive Land Grant University with an enrollment of about 29,000 students and a R1 Carnegie Classification. Morgantown and its vicinity has a diverse population of about 62,000 residents and is ranked highly among the most livable small cities in the country. The community lies within a high technology corridor that also includes several federal research facilities, as well as industries active in shale gas operations. The city is readily accessible and within driving distance from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. For more information on WVU and Morgantown, see and

The Statler College has seven academic departments, over 4,700 students, and 140 faculty members, with about $22 Million in annual external research expenditures. The Statler College is nationally recognized for high quality teaching, excellent research, and outstanding faculty and students. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has 35 tenure-track or tenured faculty members, over 750 undergraduate and 150 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.

Morgantown is a safe, inclusive, and family-friendly community. WVU provides faculty members with a supportive environment for developing a visible and productive career ( and a range of progressive policies to support work-life integration ( WVU also offers a Dual Career Program to assist partners in their career transition and job search and belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (

Eligible candidates must hold an earned doctoral degree in materials science, mechanical engineering, or a related field at the time of appointment. For Position 1, expertise in high temperature alloys/composites synthesis, microstructural, mechanical properties and oxidation/corrosion characterizations is required. For Position 2, expertise in materials synthesis, electrochemical characterization techniques, and microstructural characterization is required.

To apply for this position, visit Applicants must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional references. Only candidates who submit complete documentation will be considered in the review process.
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