Postdoctoral Associate—Miniature Rough Vacuum Pumps for Compact Mass Spectrometry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Job posting number: #7080640 (Ref:Job Number: 19812)

Posted: June 30, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Velasquez Group @ MIT has a postdoc opening on 3D-printed, miniaturized medium-vacuum pumps. The work is part of a multi-institution, multi-year, industry-sponsored project on compact mass spectrometry for healthcare applications. In this project, the postdoc will develop additively manufactured compact hardware for creating and maintaining torr-level vacuum by sequentially compressing rarefied pockets of gas to atmospheric pressure using a series of long-stroke actuated chambers (i.e., positive displacement vacuum pumps).

The project starts on September 1. The initial appointment is for 1 year, with the possibility to extend it annually for up to 2 more years if funding is renewed and progress is satisfactory. The postdoc is expected to mentor one or more graduate students working on associated efforts, interact with the sponsor and other investigators at MIT, and publish their work in top tier scientific journals and conference proceedings.

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Any researchers interested in this postdoc opportunity should submit their resume with list of publications and the contact information of three references (at least two academic references, up to one industrial reference) familiar with their work that can provide an assessment of the accomplishments and potential of the researcher.

—PhD in Engineering (e.g., Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace), Materials Science, Applied Physics, or similar, awarded between January 2017 and August of 2021.
—Hands-on experience running experiments while controlling the experiment and collecting data with a computer (e.g., LabVIEW). Experience analyzing data.
—Ability to effectively communicate complex technical material to a broad audience.
—Ability to effectively draft technical documents, e.g. scientific manuscripts, reports.
—Ability to work in a team and mentor junior researchers.
—Modeling, fabrication, and experimental experience on topics such as 3D-printed long-stroke (e.g., magnetic) actuators, soft robotics, compressible flow, positive displacement pumps, and electrical machines.
—Experience with design of experiments (DoE) is a plus.
—Experience running experiments in vacuum (e.g., characterizing vacuum devices vs. pressure) is a plus.
—Experience on 3D printing finely featured, complex multi-material objects is a plus.
—Experience using CAD software, e.g., SolidWorks, is a plus.
—Experience using COMSOL Multiphysics is a plus.

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Job posting number:#7080640 (Ref:Job Number: 19812)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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