Research Associate Position Description 2019

University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering
Research Associate Position Description
Alloy Design and Development Lab

To apply, email CV and letter of interest to Page Metcalf,

Primary Mentor:  Prof. Dan J. Thoma, Director, Grainger Institute for Engineering, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Salary: Commensurate with experience; Minimum $50,000
Requirements: Candidates must have a PhD in engineering or a related field.

Duties: The Alloy Design and Development Laboratory seeks a full-time research associate to conduct original research on the processing of metal additive manufacturing components and the failure modes of these parts. This individual will work in a transdisciplinary environment, coordinate and collaborate with research efforts, and represent the lab at local and national levels.  The successful candidate will be mentored in the multi-disciplinary intersection of materials design and advanced manufacturing while linking the technology to applications such as implants, heat exchangers, and light-weighting.  Both powder bed and directed energy deposition metal additive techniques are available.

Responsibilities to be developed include:

  • Perform innovative research on metal additive manufacturing
  • Work with faculty on program development covering a broad range of technological applications
  • Initiate and coordinate cross-campus collaborations to explore the benefits of metal additive manufacturing
  • Interface with industry on technological solutions using additive manufacturing
  • Operate both a powder bed and directed energy metal additive unit to ensure continued success of the research
  • Operate load/test frames
  • Prepare samples for microstructural analysis (grinding, electropolishing, etching, etc.)
  • Electron microscopy analysis using the following techniques:
    • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM
    • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
    • Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS)
    • Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission EBSD
  • Crystallographic, fractographic, and compositional analysis of defect structures
  • Mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students