Postdoctoral Research Associate - Maarten de Boer Lab - Mechanical Engineering (MechE)-2015609
In Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE), our faculty members, researchers, and students are revolutionizing focus areas in advanced manufacturing, bioengineering, computational engineering, energy and the environment, product design, and robotics. In addition, they are using their expertise in interdisciplinary research centers across the university.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Maarten de Boer lab in the MechE department. In this role, you will carry out advanced independent and directed research to achieve the objectives of the research project. This will require an in depth knowledge of a specialized field, process, or subject area and may involve coordinating and implementing complex research plans, the development of methods of research, testing and data collection, analysis and evaluation, and writing reports which contain descriptive, analytical and evaluative content. You will acquire the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of your choosing. In this position, you will investigate nanotribology and reliability of a revolutionary nanoelectromechanical switch architecture. You will collaborate with a team of specialists in nanofabrication, nanotribology and theoretical modelling to take the device from the conceptual stage to full realization. Your work will focus on developing thin film deposition recipes and integrating the deposition method with devices using clean room technology, characterizing device behavior using a novel, controlled characterization platform in a range of operating conditions and environments, and analyzing the results to resolve mechanisms that control their performance limits and failure mechanisms. Our objective is to develop a new logic device that can complement CMOS transistors, thus helping to extend Moore's Law with a novel, energy-efficient mechanical switch technology. This position will be based at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and you will interact with distinguished collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA) and City University of Hong Kong.
The major research theme in the de Boer group is high throughput materials testing through micro- and nanofabricated test instruments. The work involves design, modeling, micro/nanofabrication, testing, and analysis. In many projects, microactuators are employed to test and analyzed mechanical properties such as adhesion, friction, strength, creep, fatigue and electrical contact resistance. Materials of interest include ceramics, polymers, and metals.
Core responsibilities include:
Nanotribology involving mechanics of repetitive cycling of nanomechanical electrical switch contacts.
Understanding, selecting and depositing conducting oxide coatings that improve lifetime.
Physics of degradation mechanisms including hot and cold switching.
Micro/nanofabrication and subsequent packaging steps.
Characterization of coating materials by X-ray diffraction, SEM, and other analytical methods.
Testing in controlled environmental conditions involving ultrahigh vacuum, controlled atmospheres, and plasma cleaning technology.
Improving electrical test software and hardware.
Communication with an interdisciplinary specialist team.
You should have strong attention to detail, and be able to work collaboratively and independently. Excellent organizational skills, high motivation, inner drive and passion are vital qualities within Mechanical Engineering. Inclusion and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to optimally interact with a diverse population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field required
Proficient in spoken and written English
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Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: Doctorate
Internal Number: 2015609
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Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.