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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Apply now Job no: 503668
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Engineering

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About the Opportunity:

A post-doctoral position in the general area of applied mechanics is available in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northeastern University.



The general goal of this work is to investigate the mechanics of the material build-process in cold spray 3D additive manufacturing. The work will aim to create building blocks that can realistically simulate: : i) deposition shape and history; ii) heating effects due to hot-gas impingement and plasticity; and, iii) residual stress history and porosity. In order to develop these building blocks combined experimental, analytical and computational approaches will be used. The building blocks will then be combined into a homogenized model to simulate the cold spray (CS) coating process. Coating of planar shapes such as rectangles, circles, etc. will be simulated. The analysis capability delivered with this approach will be used to predict the residual stresses and temperature history in the coatings.




Knowledge of finite element theory, contact mechanics, plasticity and cohesive zone using customized codes and LSDyna (and Abaqus) are required. Experience with writing own finite element codes, user subroutines (with FORTRAN) and Python code will be helpful for the position. The position is available for 1 year with possible extension for another. The post-doctoral fellow will interact with a network of PIs, post-docs and graduate students working in continuum mechanics, molecular dynamics, metallurgy and experiments. The work will involve both experimental and theoretical components. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Sinan Muftu ( with a letter describing their relevant experience, and send their CV with the names of three references. US Citizenship or permanent residency is required.


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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

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