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Postdoctoral Researcher Wanted

Education, Experience, and Skills: 
- Ph.D. degree in Material Science, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or any equivalent field.  
- Strong modeling skills related to materials and/or material characterization skills, including but not limited to SEM, XPS, XRD, DSC, UV-VIs, ICP, TEM, and neutron diffraction.
- Good written and oral communication skills. 
- Some background knowledge of nuclear engineering and material corrosion is a plus.

If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and CV to Professor Jinsuo Zhang (zjinsuo@vt.edu) or Professor Amanda Leong (aleongsw@vt.edu).

GRAs in Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Tech

GRA positions are available in the Nuclear Engineering Program at Virginia Tech. The experimental position is on experimental measurements of material corrosion and thermodynamics properties of materials in molten salt using electrochemical techniques. The modeling position is on modeling development of corrosion and electrochemical processing. The candidates should have a background of materials science and engineering, or mechanical/nuclear engineering. For the modeling position, experience on fluid mechanics is expected.

If you are interested in these positions, please send your resume to Professor Jinsuo Zhang (zjinsuo@vt.edu).

Undergraduate Researchers in Engineering at Virginia Tech

Undergraduate research positions are available in the NMFC Lab at Virginia Tech. The experimental position is on experimental measurements of material corrosion and thermodynamics properties of materials in molten salt using electrochemical techniques. The modeling position is on modeling development of corrosion and electrochemical processing. The candidates should have a background of materials science and engineering, or mechanical/nuclear engineering. For the modeling position, experience on fluid mechanics is expected.

Our lab focuses on a variety of work related to energy sectors, particularly nuclear reactor applications. Continuation of research work to graduate school is available, as many of our undergraduate students have done so. Research work can also be accounted for technical elective credits depending on major.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research tests based on experimental procedures
  • Interpret observations and findings
  • Handle hazardous, radioactive, and toxic chemicals in the glovebox

Minimum Requirements:

  • Actively pursuing in science, engineering, or any equivalent field
  • Must have driver's license and have own transportation

Preferred Requirements:

  • Highly receptive to training
  • Basic knowledge of data acquisition systems
  • Able to conduct research work independently

Working hours and compensation:

  • Undergraduate research assistants will work 5-10 hours per week
  • A typical maximum of 15 hours (unless otherwise specified and approved in advance) 
  • Continued employment is based on satisfactory performance of duties
  • Starting pay ranges $13-$20/hr with increments upon good performance and experience in the laboratory.

If interested contact Dr. Amanda Leong at aleongsw@vt.edu

 

Materials Science and Engineering Senior Design Team

Students who are rising seniors in Materials Science and Engineering with an interest in nuclear applications of material science should consider participating in the senior design team.