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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Sheng Shen Lab - Mechanical Engineering (MechE)
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Date Posted 10/15/2020
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Sheng Shen Lab - Mechanical Engineering (MechE)-2015623



In Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE), our faculty members, researchers, and students are revolutionizing focus areas in advanced 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 Sheng Shen lab at MechE. In this role, you will carry out advanced independent and/or directed 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 sophisticated 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. In this role you will work on metamaterials, metasurfaces, and plasmonics for photodetection, infrared spectroscopy, and thermal emission control. In particular, we are searching for candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: nanomaterial synthesis, nanofabrication, nanodevice characterization, optical characterization, etc.

Sheng Shen’s research interests include nanoscale thermal transport and energy conversion phenomena, and their applications in solar or thermal energy conversion, thermal management, and multifunctional materials. Professor Sheng Shen’s lab at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking hardworking postdoctoral fellows to work on engineered nanostructured materials for solar photocatalysis, photodetection, and infrared spectroscopy. In particular, we are searching for candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: nanomaterial synthesis, nanofabrication, nanodevice characterization, and optical characterization.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Crafting and fabricate nanostructures or nanodevices
  • Testing and characterizing nanostructures or nanodevices
  • Working with MS and undergraduate students in Professor Shen’s group

You should have strong attention to detail, excellent customer service, a team-oriented approach. Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within Mechanical Engineering. Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who is able to optimally 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.


  • Doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field required


  • Background check

Are you interested in this opportunity with us? Please apply!

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.



Job Function
: Research 
Primary Location
: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh 
Time Type: Full Time 
Minimum Education Level: Doctorate 

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