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Research Engineer at University of Dayton Research Institute
Composites Manufacturing and Testing Group
The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) is seeking a highly motivated and highly talented engineer to perform research in the area of composites design and manufacturing. The successful candidate will have experience in polymer matrix composites design and simulation. Strong consideration will be given to candidates with additional experience in injection molding. Candidate will have an awareness of technology funds and funding trends. Additionally, the candidate will help build the composites business through proposal writing and marketing the capabilities of UDRI to prospective customers.
The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top ten Catholic research university. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community.
To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer we will not discriminate against minorities, females, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from an accredited University, and a minimum 2.8 GPA is required.
In addition the candidate must have:
· At least 3 years of experience working in composites/polymers industry.
· At least 2 years of experience conducting composite design using CAD and FEA commercial codes.
· Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both written and verbally on technical subject areas.
· An ability to work well with others and motivate fellow team members.
· Due to security clearance requirements of this position, the applicant must be a U.S. Citizen.
· Ability to Lift 35 lbs.
In addition to the minimum requirements, a preferred candidate will also have:
· Injection molding of thermoplastics.
· Moldex3D and/or MoldFlow software.
· PAM-FORM, Aniform Composites software experience.
· Proficiency in SolidWorks
· Understanding of FEA and ABAQUS CAE.
· Ability to author technical papers and present findings at conferences.
· Program Management
· Contributes to proposal and marketing effort in order to secure funds to support self.
· Preparation of technical documents.
· Organizes experimental and/or technical results and prepares reports.
· Ability to train other professionals and technicians.
To apply, please visit:
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON RESEARCH INSTITUTE (UDRI)
POSITION TITLE: Associate Research Engineer - Processing Science
The position is focused on the processing science of polymer matrix composites (PMCs), with a combined computational and experimental focus. The candidate is expected to contribute to characterizing and predicting the response of PMCs during fabrication – to include autoclave, out-of-autoclave, and/or infusion processing. A combination of processing, finite element (e.g. ABAQUS), and material property models will be used to predict the part quality of composite parts. Experimentally, the candidate will utilize thermal and mechanical analysis techniques - including but not limited to differential scanning calorimeter, dynamic mechanical analysis - to characterize the material properties and relevant polymer physics, which will be analyzed and used to perform calibration of model constants to fit the data. In addition, the candidate will design novel thermomechanical profiles and/or experimental techniques to maximize calibration efficiency and decouple physical phenomena. The candidate is expected to learn to operate software and experimental techniques independently, maintain awareness of the state-of-the-art, and take initiative in proposing new ideas.
A Graduate degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field from an accredited University is required. Candidate will be required to have U.S. citizenship and pass a national agency background check. Necessary knowledge includes an understanding of polymer processing and thermo-mechanical characterization methods such as Thermo-gravimetric Analyzer (TGA), Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Rheometer, as evidenced by related coursework or research/work experience. The candidate must have prior research or work experience (4-6 months) with finite element analysis software such as ABAQUS. The candidate must possess good oral/communication skills with the ability to successfully interact with a variety of personality types and have good organizational skills to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Prior experience working in a research and development facility is preferred. Experience in composite processing and design of novel test methods for material characterization is desirable.
LOCATION: The candidate will perform on-site research at Wright Patterson AFB in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full Time
We specialize in the research, development, application and transition of technology in diverse fields, including materials, structures, energy, propulsion, manufacturing, sensors, intelligence and much more. Our materials research effort alone is the third largest in the nation among universities, and our engineering research ranks second in Ohio. Our comprehensive benefit programs include medical, dental and vision plans; life insurance coverage for you and your dependents; flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care expenses; short term and long term disability plans; tuition remission benefits; and paid holidays, sick leave and vacation time.
Contact Information: Dr. G. P. Tandon, Gyaneshwar.Tandon@udri.udayton.edu; 937-904-4923
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