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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Litster Lab – Mechanical Engineering

Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posted: 03/14/2021
Application Due: 00/00/0000

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Litster Lab – Mechanical Engineering-2016048



In Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE), faculty members, researchers, and students are revolutionizing focus areas in advanced manufacturing, bioengineering, computational engineering, energy and the environment, product design, and robotics. In addition, they are using their expertise in interdisciplinary research centers across the university.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Shawn Litster Lab at Mechanical Engineering. In this role, you will carry out advanced independent and/or advised research to achieve the objectives of the research project. This position will require an in depth knowledge of a specialized field, process, subject area and may involve coordinating and implementing complex research plans, the development of methods of research, testing and data collection, analysis and evaluation, and writing reports which contain descriptive, analytical and evaluative content. You will acquire the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of your choosing. The incumbent will be responsible for fabricating and testing fuel cell electrodes with novel catalysts and electrodes as well as ex-situ/in-situ materials characterization. Additional research tasks may include electron and X-ray imaging as well as computational simulation of fuel cells depending prior experience. Tasks will include graduate student training, research manuscript preparation, and project management document preparation.

The Litster Lab's current research focus is micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena in energy conversion technologies where electrochemistry and electrokinetics play a dominant role, including fuel cells, batteries, and ultra-capacitors. Their research interests also include multiphase flow in porous media and micro-channels, non-linear dynamics, catalytic gasification, and microfluidic pumping.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Testing and fabrication of fuel cell electrodes

  • Training and mentoring research activities of graduate students

  • Responsible for manuscript and project management document preparation and editing

Flexibility, partnership, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Carnegie Mellon. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to optimally work well with a dynamic population of partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the university through their work.

Are you interested in this opportunity? Please apply!


  • Doctorate degree required in Chemical or Mechanical engineering

  • Prior experience with fabricating fuel cells, electrolyzers or batteries

  • Experimental research experience required

More Information:

Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world.

A listing of our employee benefits is available at: www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance/.

Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

Please visit https://www.cmu.edu/policies/administrative-and-governance/statement-of-assurance.html to review our Statement of Assurance.


Job Function
: Research 
Primary Location
: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh 
Time Type: Full Time 
Minimum Education Level: Doctorate 

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