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Postdoctoral Researcher
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana
Date Posted 03/13/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21096
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Hongwei Gao at 406-994-5973 or hgao@montana.edu

Classification Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Working Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Brief Position Overview

We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral researcher position for development of high efficiency and high power density battery chargers for development and implementation of fast and safe charging protocols for lithium ion batteries.

Position Number 4C0477
Department Electrical Engineering
Division College of Engineering
Appointment Type Research Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The project is through the Center for Research in Extreme Batteries and is part of collaborative research work by researchers from multiple institutions including Montana State University, University of Maryland, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, NIST, University of Texas at Austin, and Stony Brook University.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities

The postdoctoral researcher will develop high efficiency and high power density chargers for lithium-ion batteries that enable implementation of different fast charging protocols for the batteries while having low volume, weight, and cost.

The postdoctoral researcher will also supervise graduate students, write project reports, present research work to sponsors, and disseminate research results through journal publications.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Ph. D in Electrical Engineering.
  • A publication record in power electronics.
  • Experience in development of high efficiency high power density power electronic converters.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Experience in soft switching technology.
  • Experience in wide-bandgap semiconductor devices.
  • The Successful Candidate Will

    Be an independent researcher, dutiful in fulfilling the project goals as well as spending time on their own scientific projects. The successful candidate will be extremely competent in development of high efficiency and high power density power electronic converters, a productive researcher (demonstrating the skills to generate publishable research twice per year), and a safe and organized laboratory user. The successful candidate will be an effective team player, good communicator (in writing and presenting scientific talks), and a role model in terms of ethical behavior for the graduate students in the project.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Continuation of employment is contingent upon the availability of funding.

    This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

    Physical Demands

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    This position has supervisory duties? Yes

    Number of Vacancies 1
    Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search
    Position End Date (if temporary)
    Open Date
    Close Date
    Applications will be:

    Screening of applications will begin on December 1, 2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

    Special Instructions

    Please upload the following in the Applicant Documents section of application:
    • CV (including list of publications)
    • Research statement

    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples .

    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.
    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .
    In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.
    MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html .

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