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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Postdoctoral Associate

  • Job Number: 20397

  • 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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    Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Mechanical Engineering (MechE), to work with GEAR Lab ( graduate students and an external sponsoring company on the modeling, design, fabrication, and testing of novel drip irrigation flow control devices. Fluid-structure interaction between rubbers and flows containing dispersed particulates is expected to be a significant technical aspect of these designs. Will be expected to provide staff support for student research projects and guide student research directions within a collaborative and highly team-oriented environment. Responsibilities include design of new flow-control irrigation devices (modeling, material selection, conceptualization, simulation, etc.), implementation of a lab-scale prototype fabrication technique, coordinating and operating field pilots of new emitterproducts in the Middle East/North Africa region, reporting program progress to the sponsoring agency, and writing academic papers.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, material science and engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, or related field; expertise in analytical modeling of fluid dynamics; experience with modeling and analysis of structural mechanics; expertise or experience with modeling of fluid-structure interactions; fabrication experience or willingness to learn prototyping processes; experience writing technical proposals and technical academic papers; and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment and to mentor and provide feedback and guidance to students. Job #20397

Must be able and willing ability to work some nights and weekends and to travel domestically and internationally.

The duration of this position is one year. This appointment is part of a multi-year collaboration between the sponsoring company and the GEAR Lab, with yearly funding extensions based upon research progress and product viability. 11/5/21