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Postdoctoral Position at the Materials Micro-Characterization Laboratory of the University of Pittsburgh, Department MEMS

Position: Applications are invited for a postdoc position in the Materials Micro-Characterization Laboratory (MMCL), Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at University of Pittsburgh (USA).

Overview: The MMCL offers shared-user access to electron-, ion- and x-ray-based micro-analysis resources that serves the diverse needs of a growing community of academic and industry users.

The MMCL instruments include

  1. Field-emission transmission and scanning electron microscopes (TEM and SEM), which are equipped for composition and crystal orientation analyses,
  2. X-ray-diffraction (XRD),
  3. Atomic force microscopy
  4. Nano-mechanical testing equipment,
  5. Advanced electron microscopy specimen preparation.

Tasks / Project Description:

  1. The position is available for a micro-characterization specialist for materials science applications.
  2. Focus will be on metals, ceramics & composites,
  3. Candidate will directly work with users to initiate and execute materials research primarily with EM and XRD methods.
  4. Work involves preparation and interpretation of the results,
  5. Preparation of reports and publications in peer-reviewed journals,
  6. Participation in technical and scientific meetings to disseminate research results.
  7. Conduct user training, co-manage day-to-day MMCL operations,
  8. Ensure peak performance and improvement of instruments,
  9. Work with department and laboratory leadership in strategic build-out of the MMCL,
  10. Promote its service capabilities on and off campus,
  11. Engage in outreach and limited teaching activities.


  1. A PhD in materials science, physics, chemistry, or a related field,
  2. Atleast two (02) years of documented hands-on experience with modern SEM, TEM and XRD instrumentation in high-level research of crystalline materials are required.
  3. Good communication and interpersonal skills,
  4. Superior competency with the relevant theoretical knowledge.
  5. Familiarity with modern computer programming and optimization techniques, simulations of EM and XRD data, and post-acquisition data processing and analyses using popular software is desirable.
  6. Candidates with experience operating user facilities and expertise with advanced EM techniques are of particular interest.

Starting date: The position is available as early as September 1, 2017,

Duration: Initial appointment for one year and the possibility of extension for subsequent years, depending on performance and availability of funding.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV and contact information for at least two (2) references electronically to the attention of Professor Wiezorek at

Contact Name: Professor Wiezorek,

Type Postdoctoral
Subject Materials science, physics, chemistry, Materials
Closing date September (Yearly)
Contact Professor Wiezorek Email:
Organization University of Pittsburgh

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