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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Associate,  Rapid Prototyping Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Postdoctoral Associate, Rapid Prototyping Technology

  • Job Number: 21233

  • Functional Area: Academic (non-faculty)

  • Department: Mechanical Engineering

  • School Area: Engineering

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, RAPID PROTOTYPING TECHNOLOGY, Mechanical Engineering, to work on design, manufacturing, and rapid prototyping in a collaborative effort between the Culpepper Lab ( and MIT Environment, Health and Safety. This collaboration is researching tools and technologies that enable the safe use of emerging rapid prototyping technologies in university research and innovation activities. The ever-accelerating rate of new fabrication technologies poses problematic technical (complimentary machining, tooling, fixturing, simulation) and safety (chemical, biological, radiation, etc.) issues. In the absence of proven means to address these issues, university researchers/innovators are limited in how they may employ these technologies. Specifically, overly restrictive safety limits may preclude using these technologies when they could be highly beneficial, and/or the lack of appropriate tooling/fixturing/hardware can make it impractical to obtain the requisite accuracy, repeatability, or integration with parts made via other technologies. Will engage a variety of emerging technologies with the aim of developing the tools/technology/safety understanding that prevents the under-utilization of university assets/resources and the potential for unnecessary additional risks to staff and students.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D./equivalent degree in civil, mechanical, material science, aerospace, manufacturing, or related field; experience designing and fabricating components via traditional technologies (lathe, mill, 3d printers, laser cutters, etc.) in machine shops, research labs, and makerspaces; excellent analytical, problem-solving, machine design, documentation, organizational, and interpersonal, and technical wrigint skills; English communication proficiency; self-motivation; and ability to execute detailed technical protocols, prioritize and perform multiple tasks, and work independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams. PREFERRED: experience with safety training for fabrication and lab equipment, CAD, and finite element analysis; and demonstrated ability to design and implement practical technologies (portfolio required). Job #21233This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of extension based on performance and available funding.5/6/22