New Research Position in Electrical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University is offering postdoctoral associate position in structural engineering. The funding allows successful candidates to work for two years in the first instance. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

We are seeking a creative postdoctoral fellow with demonstrated experimental proficiency to help expand a research program designing and modeling advanced cellular composite materials for sustainable construction. Specifically, we are developing manufacturing processes for ductile cellular composites which also have leading macroscopic specific strength and stiffness for use in, e.g., multi-functional building facades. These composites are based around high-strength concrete materials and may also incorporate organic polymeric and metallic elements.

This effort builds on our previous work developing an 'octet truss engineered composite' a 3D structure composed of fiber-reinforced high-strength concrete cast into 3D-printed molds and also our use of additively manufactured polymeric reinforcement lattices to add ductility to cast concrete at low cost. We seek to invent the next generation of scalable manufacturing processes for sustainable building materials.

One aspect of the anticipated work will involve direct extrusion printing of cellular structures including triangulated trusses, gyroid geometries, and other optimized forms. Issues surrounding material support and rheology will be addressed.

We also wish to develop processes for printing laminar, bioinspired cement/polymer composites offering enhanced toughness over monolithic concrete. We have a further interest in using more sustainable concrete mixes with reduced cement content.

We will leverage and build upon the advanced concrete extrusion printing capabilities at NTU.

This position is made possible through the Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability in the Tropics (SinBerBEST) program, which is funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation and seeks ways to reduce the lifetime carbon footprint of buildings. SinBerBEST is currently its second five-year phase (2017-2022). Advising will be provided by a team of three U.C. Berkeley and NTU faculty and the project will involve extensive interaction with postdoctoral scholars and PhD students.

The fellow will be based at NTU in Singapore and will be expected to devise fabrication process flows grounded in fundamental mechanical principles, conduct experiments to test the processes, model the behavior of the composites, write journal publications describing the research, and contribute to dissemination of the work at conferences. The creation of intellectual property will also be regarded as a very positive outcome. There may be a possibility to travel to Berkeley for certain periods while carrying out the research.

The appointment will be for an initial one-year period with the possibility of renewal for up to a further two years subject to satisfactory progress. Applicants should please send a cover letter highlighting congruency between their experience and interests and the goals of the project, plus a CV, a publications list, and copies of one or more representative publications to Prof. Tan at MMJTAN@ntu.edu.sg with a cc to Prof. Taylor at hkt@berkeley.edu. Inquiries can also be directed to either Prof. Taylor or Prof. Tan.

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Application closes when the positions are filled.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Apply Link: Please send your application via email.

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