Postdoctoral Research Associate

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah invites applicants for an immediate post-doctoral opportunity funded by the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and NASA. This 1-3 year project is to develop a new synchrotron-based nano-computed-tomography (nCT) imaging facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Advanced Light Source (ALS). The consortium that is creating this new facility includes Michael Czabaj at the University of Utah, Benjamin Gilbert at the Energy Geosciences Division of LBNL, and Alastair MacDowell at the ALS.

• Recent Ph.D. in engineering, materials science, or other related physical sciences
• Strong background in hardware instrumentation
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Experience with tomographic imaging and image processing is beneficial, but not required

The individual filling this position will be expected to lead hardware and software implementation for the new nCT facility at the ALS, support initial data collection and image processing, and help develop scientific programs for a diverse group of scientists in materials- and earth-science fields. The candidate will be expected to develop at least one materials scientific area of interest, including, but not limited to, development of novel in situ experiments for 4D characterization of materials behavior. The candidate will be expected to reside at the ALS (Berkeley, CA) for the duration of the project. Experience with X-ray computed tomography, particularly at large synchrotron radiation facilities, mechanical characterization of materials behavior, and various image processing/segmentation codes (e.g. Avizo, Dragonfly, ImageJ) are a plus.

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