Current Openings

Professor Izabela Szlufarska, Professor Dane Morgan and the Computational Materials Group (CMG) (http://matmodel.engr.wisc.edu/):  CMG is a joint effort of Izabela Szlufarska and Dane Morgan in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UW Madison.  We are a highly active group leveraging simulation, machine learning and experiment and work in areas including nuclear materials, amorphous alloys, nanomechanics, nano-bio interfaces, fuel cells, batteries, semiconductors, and geophysics.

 

1. Postdoctoral Position with John Booske, Dane Morgan and Ryan Jacobs at
University of Wisconsin – Madison (Engineering Novel Complex Oxides for Electron Emission and Fast Ion Conduction)

We invite applications for the following postdoctoral position at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with Prof. John Booske in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Prof. Dane Morgan and Dr. Ryan Jacobs in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering:

Engineering Perovskites as Novel Electron Emission Cathode Materials

This work is mainly focused on advanced experimental synthesis (bulk and single crystal), surface characterization and materials performance assessment to understand, design, and deploy novel perovskite oxide materials as electron emitters. The successful commercialization of these materials is expected to have broad impact on an array of technologically important applications ranging from imaging in the medical, scientific, and manufacturing domains to high power electronic devices prevalent in civilian communications, radar and national defense.

In addition, this work will involve experimental characterization and property analysis to understand and design novel complex oxide materials to function as fast ion conductors at low temperature. Enhanced ion conduction at low temperature will enable improved application of oxides in applications ranging from solid oxide fuel cells to chemical looping.

This work will enable career-expanding interaction and collaboration with many researchers in the field and includes an interdisciplinary team of materials scientists and electrical engineers.

A PhD in materials science, chemistry, physics or a related field is required, as well as strong familiarity with advanced surface characterization (e.g. Photoelectron spectroscopy, Electron microscopy, Synchrotron X-ray sources, Auger, and related methods) and thin film deposition methods (Sputtering, Pulsed Laser Deposition, and related methods). Experience with surface characterization of oxides, particularly perovskite oxides, is preferred, but capable and enthusiastic applicants with varied background will be considered.

Additional information

The appointment is initially for one year with the expectation of this being extended if the work is going well. Interested applicants should send (1) CV in PDF format, (2) a brief cover letter describing suitability for the position, and (3) contact information for three references to Ryan Jacobs at uwcmghire20@gmail.com. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Professor John Booske (https://directory.engr.wisc.edu/ece/Faculty/Booske_John/): John Booske’s decades of research span many sources and applications of electromagnetic fields. Relevant to this position, he provides comprehensive experience with vacuum electronic devices and specific experience with and laboratory facilities for thermionic cathode synthesis and characterization.

Professor Dane Morgan (http://matmodel.engr.wisc.edu/): Dane Morgan’s work combines thermostatistics, kinetics, and informatics analysis with atomic scale calculations to understand and predict materials properties. His application interests include electrochemical systems, nuclear materials, and electron emission devices.

Dr. Ryan Jacobs: Dr. Jacobs has a decade of experience combining atomistic modeling and materials informatics to understand the structure and properties of materials at the atomic scale, with a particular focus on the discovery of novel materials for applications ranging from fuel cells to electron emission. Relevant to this position, he investigates the surface electronic and thermodynamic properties of metals and oxides used as electron emission cathodes.

 

2. Postdoctoral Position with Izabela Szlufarska at
University of Wisconsin – Madison (High-temperature ceramics for nuclear energy applications)

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with Prof. Izabela Szlufarska in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the area of high-temperature ceramics for nuclear energy applications. This work involves synthesis and characterization of existing and novel materials that can withstand the harsh conditions of nuclear reactors, including radiation, high temperature, corrosion, and mechanical stresses. The focus is on the use of state-of-the-art microscopy and nanomechanical testing to understand defect behavior in binary and ternary carbides and borides and the impact of radiation on corrosion and mechanical failure. This experimental work involves a close collaboration with other postdocs and students in Prof. Szlufarska’s group who carry out computational studies on the same materials systems.

A PhD in materials science, nuclear engineering, physics or a related field is required, as well as strong familiarity with advanced electron microscopy techniques for defect analysis in materials. Experience with radiation effects is preferred, but capable and enthusiastic applicants with varied background will be considered.

Additional information

The appointment is initially for one year with the expectation of this being extended if the work is going well. Interested applicants should send (1) CV in PDF format, (2) a brief cover letter describing suitability for the position, and (3) contact information for three references to Prof. Izabela Szlufarska at szlufarska@wisc.edu. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

 

3. Full Stack Software Engineer – Opportunity for Collaborator

As a member of the Globus software development team, the focus of this position will be to assist in the development and deployment of new software services to help researchers solve problems in domains ranging from materials science, chemistry, x-ray science, and more. We’re looking for highly skilled junior developers capable of building and supporting Python backend services and Javascript front end systems that will be used by thousands of researchers in pursuit of Materials Genome Initiative goals.

For more information and online application, please visit here.

 

4. Open Opportunity in Informatics Skunkworks for Undergraduates at University of Wisconsin – Madison

Prof. Morgan has initiated an Undergraduate Informatics Skunkworks where undergraduates apply informatics, machine learning, and related tools to science problems. We have a team of 12 already, with data sets and projects from local industry and faculty at UW and other Universities. If you are interested please contact Dane at ddmorgan@wisc.edu. For a talk related to some of our activities, please see here (see slides 15-17 for specific information for interested students). Also please see our informational flyer.