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Assistant In Research - Mechanical Characterization

Job ID: 56795

Location: Tallahassee

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) is seeking an exceptional individual for an Assistant-In-Research (faculty) position on mechanical characterization of materials in support of design and construction of ultrahigh-field magnets. Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, the MagLab is a user facility that operates the world's most powerful superconducting and resistive electromagnets. These ultrahigh-field magnets are used as powerful tools for fundamental research in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and materials science.

The primary responsibilities of this position include:

    1. Characterization of mechanical properties of materials for magnet projects. These materials include superconductor wires and tapes, as well as high strength copper alloys, high strength steels, superalloys, and insulation specimens. The characterization usually involves measurements of tensile/compression properties, fracture toughness and fatigue properties both at ambient and cryogenic temperatures.
    2. Management of the test facilities which consists of several tensile testing machines as well as other test systems.
    3. Development of new test capabilities and test procedures, and other research on mechanical properties of materials. The candidate will play a strong contributing role in the development of next generation of ultrahigh-field magnets where good communication is the key. Writing of engineering memos and reports is a requirement. Presenting new findings in technical conferences and/or publishing them in scientific journals are expected.
    4. Qualified candidates should have a Master of Science or higher degree in mechanical engineering, materials science or other relevant engineering and physical sciences fields with 2+ years of relevant experiences. The candidate should have solid knowledge of mechanics and deformation of materials. Experience in design and experimental operations, as well as hands-on experience with mechanical hardware and electrical instrumentation are expected. Working experience in tensile testing is preferred. Familiarity with cryogens, 3D mechanical design, finite element analysis, and LabVIEW programming will be pluses.

Interested candidates should apply to Florida State University (FSU) job site at FSU Jobs and search ID 56795. For additional information, please contact Ms. Bettina Roberson, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, 1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310-2740. Position is listed as Open Until Filled and applications are reviewed when received

The MagLab is operated for the National Science Foundation by a collaboration of institutions comprising FSU, UF, and LANL. FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. We encourage women and all underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to apply. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

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Last modified on 05 January 2024