Job Details

Western Illinois University
  • Position Number: 1883053
  • Location: Macomb, IL
  • Position Type: Faculty Development

Postdoctoral Researcher QCML-WIU Faculty Assistant

About Western Illinois University:
Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves over 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:
APPOINTMENT: May 1, 2020

Develop mathematical and computational models for materials processing and work with other researchers to design experiments to validate models
Conduct applied research and prepare reports related to advanced materials and manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing
Write proposals for external funding in the development of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies
Publish research findings in technical journals
Operate and maintain advanced manufacturing equipment at the QCML
Supervise and train undergraduate students, technicians, and entry-level staff at the QCML
Other duties as assigned by the Director of QCML
Ability to teach courses in the WIU School of Engineering as required
RANK & SALARY: Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits.

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Ph.D in Materials Science/Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field
Experience with computational modeling of materials and/or materials processing
Must have publications in peer-reviewed technical journals (pending is acceptable)
Relevant academic or professional work experience
Excellent verbal, written, and leadership skills
Be able to work effectively both independently and within a research group

Experience with materials processing and modeling related to ballistic protection (armor)
Experience writing research proposals to agencies such as DOD, NSF, DOE, etc
Knowledge of metallographic specimen preparation, and analytical techniques such as XRD, SEM, and EBSD.
Experience with metal additive manufacturing processes, and other technologies at QCML
Ability to teach courses in the WIU School of Engineering

Additional Information:
THE DEPARTMENT: The Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory (QCML) is a research lab focused on developing advanced materials and manufacturing technologies. QCML is an integral part of WIU's ABET accredited, School of Engineering, which is housed at the WIU Quad Cities campus.

THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

More than 66 undergraduate degree programs, nearly 40 graduate programs and two doctoral programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation. Outside the classroom at Western, concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more are performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, as well as a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 6,432): A traditional, residential four-year campus with offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,192): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.

Application Instructions:
Complete applications include:
1) a letter of application
2) current curriculum vita or resume
3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references
4) aseparate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL
**Note** Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size in order to upload.
Screening will begin on April 25, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Eric J. Faierson at

For assistance with the online application system call the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977.

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