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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Description

In Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE), our
faculty members, researchers, and students are revolutionizing focus areas in
sophisticated 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 Alan McGaughey Lab at

MechE. 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, or 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. Your responsibilities will include

investigating thermal transport in crystals and alloys using modeling and experimental

techniques and such other tasks that are assigned to you.

Alan McGaughey leads the Nanoscale Transport Phenomena Laboratory, which seeks to

understand the transport of mass, momentum, and energy at the atomic level by

studying the behavior of phonons, photons, electrons, and fluid particles. Their research

is based in mechanical engineering and incorporates knowledge from physics, materials

science, and chemistry. They develop and apply molecular- and meso-scale simulation

techniques, and collaborate closely with experimental research groups.

Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Carrying out calculations of phonon properties of crystals and alloys using first principles calculations, lattice dynamics calculations, and the Boltzmann transport equation

  • Responsible for making measurements of thermal conductivity of thin films of crystals and alloys.

  • Other duties as assigned

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within the Mechanical Engineering department.  Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who can effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

You should demonstrate:

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Problem-solving and reasoning skills


  • Doctorate degree in Engineering, or science-related field

  • Experience in atomistic simulations and calculations (molecular dynamics calculations, lattice dynamics calculations, density functional theory calculations) for modeling thermal transport.

  • Or a combination of education and relevant experience from which comparable knowledge is demonstrated may be considered.


  • Successful background check

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?! Apply today!

CMU’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, Carnegie Mellon University requires all staff and faculty working in the United States to be fully vaccinated, including a booster when eligible, against COVID-19. Prior to commencement of employment, new hires in the United States must provide proof of vaccination or obtain an approved exemption. (Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons or for religious or strong moral or ethical conviction.) Those granted an exemption must comply with all applicable COVID-19 mitigation requirements. The most up-to-date information on CMU's COVID-19 mitigation requirements can be found here: Minimum Requirements to Return to Campus .


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Pre/Post-Doctoral Associates & Fellows

Position Type

Postdoctoral Associate / Fellow (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


More Information: 

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

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

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