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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Materials Strength at High Pressures

Washington State University
Pullman, WA
Closing date
Jun 26, 2022

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306-NN - Postdoctoral Research Associate*Business Title:*
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Materials Strength at High Pressures*Additional Titles:*
Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)*Job Family:*
Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible*Position Details:*
*COVID-19 Vaccine Information:*
In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.3, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Vaccine or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available at []( Please contact HRS at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.
*Summary of Duties:*
The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University (WSU) is a multidisciplinary research organization, within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), with a focus on understanding the response of materials under extreme conditions. ISP researchers use dynamic loading (shock wave and shockless compression and combined compression and shear) to achieve the most extreme thermodynamic states of matter in the laboratory. These experiments subject materials to unique conditions (dynamic compression and shear, high temperatures, and large deformations) on very short time scales (picosecond to microsecond), resulting in a rich array of physical and chemical changes. Research activities related to dynamic behavior of materials are extremely diverse and challenging.
Prior experience in dynamic compression science is not required. The ISP provides in-depth training in dynamic compression science; however, strong hands-on experimental skills and a temperament to perform single event experiments are essential. WSU graduates and postdoctoral research associates in the field of shock physics have moved on to successful professional careers, particularly at the National Laboratories (NNSA and DoD).
*Required Qualifications:*

* A recent Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field.

* Strong academic and hands-on, experimental research background with excellent problem-solving skills.

* Experience with design and execution of dynamic single event experiments and material modeling using commercial software, e.g. ABAQUS.

* Graduate or post-graduate experience at a U.S. Academic Institution or National Laboratory.

* Ability to work independently and in a team environment, as needed.

* Personal attributes should include critical thinking; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; sound judgment; clear sense of purpose; and attention to detail.

*Additional Information:*
*Area/College: *College of Arts and Sciences
*Department Name: *Institute for Shock Physics
*City, State, Zip: *Pullman, WA 99164
*Department Link: *[](
*Monthly Salary:* Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
*FTE: *100%
*Tenure Track: *No
*This is a temporary position. *
*Screening Begin Date:* This position will begin screening applicants on *May 6, 2022 *and will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.
*Background Check:* This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
*Application Instructions:*
Applicant should submit the following information:

* Cover letter explicitly addressing the qualifications for this position and date of availability

* Detailed curriculum vitae

* Contact information for three professional references

*Time Type:*
Full time*Position Term:*
12 MonthWASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [](
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