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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Computational Modeling and Design Optimization for Large Area Additive Manufacturing (id:67319)
University of Maine in Orono, Maine
Date Posted 03/06/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Computational Modeling and Design Optimization for Large Area Additive Manufacturing (id:67319)


Advanced Structures and Composites Center - OADCC



Orono, ME

The Advanced Structures and Composites Center has an immediate opening for a highly-qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate to support a research program aimed at merging high performance computing (HPC) with large-area additive manufacturing (LAAM) of thermoplastic composite materials and structures. Research activities include development and evaluation of computational tools and methods that will support future realization of a process-informed, physics-based, and HPC-enabled computational framework for LAAM. Such a framework is expected to have the ability to (a) predict the post-fabrication properties and response characteristics of the printed product, (b) optimize the product and the process, and (c) facilitate in-situ monitoring and data feedback for process adjustments by incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), thereby fulfilling the vision of digital thread / digital twin for additive manufacturing. 


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will support, plan, and conduct assigned and original research encompassing computational modeling of LAAM based on the fused deposition process as well as integrated product-process design optimization informed by material-process-property models, while working collaboratively with faculty, staff, as well as graduate and undergraduate students at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Typical hiring range for this soft-money funded position is $55,000 to $60,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.


The majority of funding for these positions is through the Department of Defense, so applications are expected to be limited to US Persons Only.


Complete Job Description

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels.


Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/


The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits  for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. 


Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here .

Technical Qualifications:

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related discipline completed within the last 5 years
  • Prior coursework or research in additive manufacturing, composites, and solid mechanics
  • Experience with nonlinear finite-element modeling of process-dependent solutions to thermo-mechanical problems using both commercial and research codes
  • Broad knowledge of design optimization, reduced-order modeling, surrogate modeling / machine learning in the context of integrated computational materials engineering

General Requirements: 

  • Experience with finite element model creation and simulation
  • Experience with parallel processing and high performance computing
  • Experience with additive manufacturing, and particularly fused deposition modeling
  • Experience with algorithms and strategies for design optimization of complex systems
  • Experience with numerical modeling and solution of multi-physics problems, including the development and validation of user subroutines
  • Experience designing and conducting experiments for the development and validation of numerical models
  • An excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with and mentor others as well as set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:


1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references


You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Review of applications to begin immediately until successful candidate is found.


For questions about the search, please contact: Kimberly Scribner, Workforce Coordinator Kimberly.scribner@maine.edu


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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