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  • Department Head, Mechanical Engineering
    The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech invites applications for the position of Department Head & Nicholas and Rebecca Des Champs Chair, with a start in the Summer of 2024.
    The department is ranked 13th and 17th in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, out of all ME departments in the nation by the 2023-24 U.S. News and World Report. The department includes 64 faculty, 33 affiliate faculty, 25 staff, and a current enrollment of 1,176 undergraduates and 321 graduate students. Annual research expenditures exceed $20M.
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  • Teaching & Research Faculty, Design, Materials, & Manufacturing
    We are seekign candidates with an interest in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for data-driven materials design and manufacturing. The candidate will have expertise in AI/ML techniques for topics including but not limited to digital twins; microstructure design; materials informatics; structural design; functional materials design; process-property-structure relationships. This position will fill a research teaming need that exists in the department’s manufacturing initiative, which will significantly enhance the pursuit of large-scale research programs in this area. It also will provide expertise in AI/ML-driven engineering to support the development of new engineering courses. 
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  • Postdoctoral associate, additive manufacturing
    This research project aims to combine an uncertainty quantification (UQ) framework with machine learning (ML) algorithms to derive data-driven models that relate laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) process parameters to metrics that quantify the microstructure and as-built surface topography. The knowledge resulting from this research will (1) quantify the uncertainty of the microstructure and as-built surface topography as a function of the L-PBF process parameters; (2) determine the LPBF process parameters required to obtain specific uncertainty (or probability definition) of microstructure and as-built surface topography; (3) derive an operating map of the solution of the forward and inverse problems and its uncertainty as a function of the L-PBF process parameters; (4) implement a cloud-based database to aggregate microstructure images and surface topography maps that can be cited using a digital object identifier (DOI).
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  • Postdoctoral associate, nuclear materials
    NMFC lab focuses on various work related to energy sectors, particularly nuclear reactor applications. Postdoctoral researchers will be allowed to work on a wide variety of research projects related to the nuclear fuel cycle, coolants, fuel materials, and material compatibility. Responsibilities include conducting research, mentor for graduate and undergraduate students, and collaborating with sponsors. Postdoctoral assignments range from one to two years, with a continuation of pay increment upon research performance. 
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  • Postdoctoral position, Engineered Living Materials & Systems
    The Behkam Lab at Virginia Tech seeks highly motivated and dynamic candidates for a postdoctoral associate position in Engineered Living Materials and Systems. This position will provide a unique opportunity to work in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary environment as part of a team of engineers, cell biologists, clinicians, and public health experts.
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  • Postdoctoral Position in Vascular Mechanobiology
    The Health and Disease Mechanobiology Research Interest Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks highly motivated and dynamic candidates for a postdoctoral associate position in microfluidics and vascular mechanobiology. This position will provide a unique opportunity to work in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary environment as part of a team of engineers, cell biologists, and clinicians.
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  • Doctoral Research Assistantship Opportunity in Vascular Mechanobiology
    The MicroN BASE (Micro/Nano-scale Biotic/Abiotic Systems Engineering) Laboratory in the Mechanical Engineering Department seeks a highly motivated, innovative, and detail-oriented Ph.D. student to participate in an exciting new research project starting Spring 2024/Fall 2024. This is a fully-funded PhD-level position.
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  • Doctoral Research Assistantship Opportunity in Bio-Hybrid MicroRobotics
    The MicroN BASE (Micro/Nano-scale Biotic/Abiotic Systems Engineering) Laboratory in the Mechanical Engineering Department seeks a highly motivated, dynamic, and detail-oriented Ph.D. student to participate in an exciting new research project starting Spring 2024/Fall 2024. This is a fully-funded PhD-level position.
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