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 www.wvu.edu/ and http://www.morgantownwv.gov .
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.
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship, offers high quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America, with divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery. WVU is a Research University (Highest Research Activity) and ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation, including a top 15 ranking in most affordable tuition for out-of-state students. WVU offers 184 degrees throughout the 15 colleges and schools within the university. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy, and forensics. There are more than 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide who are pioneering, passionate, innovative, tireless and caring.