Postdoctoral Associate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of Maryland

United States

Position Number: 122355

Title: Post Doctoral Associate

Functional Title: Post Doctoral Associate

Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category: Faculty

University Authorized FTE: 1

Unit: ENGR-Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The successful candidate will take an exciting and leading technical role in a DOE/Basic Energy Sciences project that is being led by UMD. The focus of the position is on the fundamental scientific aspects of mechanics and electrochemistry taking place in thin-film battery materials and structures, such as LiPON, Li metal, and LiCoO2. The influence of mechanical stress on the thermodynamics, kinetics, and transport within thin-film battery materials and structures are all of interest. Coupled mechanical and electrochemical processes are of crucial importance for the development of solid state batteries and other solid-state electrochemical technologies, and many important scientific questions remain that this project will address. The focus of the project is generating significant scientific results for publication in leading journals.

The position will be in the Albertus research group in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, but will also work closely with the Gary Rubloff, Sang Bok Lee, and Alec Talin research groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

- A PhD or equivalent experience in engineering or the physical sciences.
- Significant experience with 3D modeling of mechanical processes, including in the elastic and plastic regimes, and for both small and large deformations.
- Interest in and/or experience with experimental design and execution. The project will involve a close collaboration between custom-built experimental platforms and modeling, and the successful applicant will be engaged in designing and/or carrying out the experiments.
- A strong publication record demonstrating originality, technical depth, and the ability to conduct research both independently and as part of a team.
- Effective written and oral communications skills.


- Published research work on the mechanics at interfaces between materials with dissimilar mechanical properties, and contact modeling.
- Background in electrochemical processes, in coursework and/or in research. The Albertus group can provide additional training in electrochemical theory.
- Experience with the physical processes involved in the mechanical behavior of metals, including creep mechanisms.
- Experience with a modeling package such as Comsol or Ansys.

Additional Information:

The position will offer a competitive salary and benefits

Posting Date: 09/15/2020

Open Until Filled Yes

Best Consideration Date 11/01/2020

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of References (no emails sent from system)

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