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Iowa State University Post Doc Research Associate- Reliability/Sustainability Analysis and Optimization in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Post Doc Research Associate- Reliability/Sustainability Analysis and Optimization

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Postdoc - Applications are invited for one postdoctoral scholar position in the Departments of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. The research objectives of these positions include one or more of the following: (1) develop surrogate modeling techniques for simulation-based uncertainty quantification and reliability analysis, (2) create formulations and solution algorithms of design optimization problems for the exploration of sustainable design options, (3) develop algorithms and frameworks for life-cycle cost (LCC) analysis, and (4) assist in validating the analysis techniques and optimization formulations and solvers on real-world product design cases. The duration of this postdoctoral scholar position is expected to be one year and may be renewable based on performance and availability of funding. The salary will be commensurate with the prior research experience of the applicant.

This position will attend the weekly research meetings, publish the findings of their research in premier journals, present their research in high-impact conferences, and facilitate close collaborations with industrial partners specialized in the design and manufacturing of industrial components. This postdoctoral scholar will also mentor at least two Ph.D. students and participate in proposal writing. Only individuals who have a strong desire to pursue an academic career are encouraged to apply for this position.

Required Minimum Qualifications:


Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates of the postdoc position should have a recent Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related discipline. Applicants with experience in (1) reliability analysis under uncertainty, (2) design optimization of industrial components, and/or (3) sustainable design are highly encouraged to apply. Prior high TRL project delivery experience is preferred. Particularly, prior research experience in one or more of the following areas are desired: - Algorithm development for uncertainty quantification and reliability analysis - Algorithm development for reliability life data analysis and Weibull analysis - Design analysis using computer simulation software such as finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and multi-body dynamics (MBD) - Algorithm development for design optimization - Software development using C++ programming language - Sustainability in product and system engineering (e.g., LCC analysis, life-cycle analysis, and design for remanufacturing) - Basic data-related skills (e.g., data collection, streamlining, statistical analyses / assessment / evaluation, implementation to LCC framework)

Proposed Start Date:January 18, 2021

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:December 31, 2021

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:Post Docs

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: December 29, 2020

Posting Close Date:

Job Requisition Number:R3884

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

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