Post-Doc/Visiting Scientist - Advanced Manufacturing - 511558

Job no: 511558
Work type: Regular Full-time (Benefits eligible)
Location: Tuscaloosa
Categories: Research/Scientific

Pay Grade/Pay Range: Non Classified - Grade NA


Department/Organization: 214271 - Mechanical Engineering


Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm


Note to Applicants: Candidates will need to have completed their Ph.D. or have it completed by the start of employment. Applicants should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae and include at least two references in the reference section of the application. Please upload additional documents to the “other documents” tab as needed.


Job Summary: Under the direction of a senior faculty member who serves as a mentor for the postdoctoral appointee, The Postdoctoral Fellow provides for an internship and continuation of scholarly activity and research after achieving the Ph.D. or other doctoral degree.


Additional Department Summary: The Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Alabama seeks applications a for Post-doctoral position in the Advanced Manufacturing area. Individuals holding these positions are to conduct and lead research on various topics across advanced manufacturing systems including sensors, actuators, and control systems; automated and robot‐based manufacturing; human‐robot partnerships and collaboration; augmented and virtual reality enhanced manufacturing; and the future of data‐driven process including data mining, analytics, security, digital manufacturing, and predictive maintenance.

Successful candidates will hold terminal degrees and demonstrate a record of academic achievement in a research area or areas covered by the Mechanical Engineering Department. The department will establish a series of structured merit-based evaluations. Initial appointments are for one year, with renewal contingent upon demonstration of research productivity.


Required Department Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field is required.

Candidates will need to have completed their Ph.D. or have it completed by the start of employment. Applicants should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae and include at least two references in the reference section of the application. Please upload additional documents to the “other documents” tab as needed. 


Skills and Knowledge: This position requires experience with real-time control systems, data acquisition, and various sensors and actuators. The applicant must have knowledge of cyber-physical systems and/or IoT. Proficiency developing algorithms, system models, and simulations using MATLAB, Simulink, Simscape, Python and/or LabView is also required. Experience is desired in Industry 4.0, the industrial internet of things, and/or optimization of manufacturing systems and experience analyzing, designing, and implementing AI and machine learning.


Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated work in industrial robotics, collaborative robotics, physical human-robot interaction, applied VR/AR/MR, and/or teleoperated systems; knowledge of and experience working with autonomous and/or semi-autonomous robotics; strong history of publication in conferences and journal


Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.


Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" Poster

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Equal Opportunity Statement

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment or volunteer status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, genetic or family medical history information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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"EEO is the Law" Poster
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“EEO is the Law” Poster Supplement
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"Family and Medical Leave Act" 
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"Employee Polygraph Protection Act" 
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