Postdoctoral Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 060803 - Ctr for Advanced Vehicular Systems
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Post-Doctoral Associates in the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) hold full-time non-tenure track positions to assist in the conduct of research and development of task relating to an externally funded program. The Post-Doctoral Research Associate, an externally-funded professional, reports to a project investigator. These positions are contingent on the availability of funding.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) at Mississippi State University is an interdisciplinary center comprised of research, engineering design & development, and technology transfer teams for industry and government partners. Our overall effort is focused on developing superior computational, engineering, manufacturing, design, and information technologies relevant to Mississippi and regional industries. This is accomplished by bringing together world-class technologists and technologies to solve complex problems.

Area of Specialization:

Finite element analysis; Constitutive modeling, Multiscale modeling; Internal state variable theory; Integrated computational materials engineering, Mechanics of metals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop and apply state-of-the-art software to support High-Computational-Effort Modeling and Simulation. Research and develop software engineering for the design and development of multiscale constitutive modeling, and finite element analysis. Study the mechanical behavior of various materials, quantify structure-property relations and design experimentation and process-structure-property-performance quantification.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ability to work independently, publish in archival journals, write research proposals, and present in a public forum.

A PhD in Mechanical/Aerospace/Civil Engineering or related field. Training and hands-on experience in software development, Abaqus user material model coding, multiscale constitutive modeling, and finite element analysis of material systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in finite element analysis, multiscale modeling, non-linear solid mechanics, software development, mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, internal state variables, additive manufacturing, and plasticity. US Citizen, or Legal Permanent Resident Preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Skills associated with a PhD in Mechanical/Aerospace/Civil Engineering or related field. Experience with one or more programming language (e.g. C++, Python, Fortran) and knowledge of software packages such as LS-Dyna, Abaqus, python, and MATLAB.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online at: and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae with the names, addresses, email and phone numbers of three references that can comment on candidate's capabilities, copy of transcript(s) and two (2) letters of recommendation. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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