Skip to main content

Open Research Positions

Multiple Post-Doctoral Positions on Structural Ceramics and Ceramic Matrix Composites Available at Clemson Materials Science and Engineering Department in the Bordia Research Group https://www.clemson.edu/cecas/departments/mse/people/faculty/bordia.html

Job Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Full time, must be able to work in US

Position Description: An immediate opening is available for several postdoctoral positions at Clemson Materials Science and Engineering Department in the Bordia research group. The research will be on processing, characterization and properties of ceramics and ceramic matrix composites for high and ultrahigh temperature structural ceramics.  Experience with polymer derived ceramic route is preferred but not required.

Ability to be very organized and work in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment is essential. Specific technical and other qualifications are detailed in the following section.

Project Description: This project is focused on developing SiC based matrices for next generation of ceramic matrix composites.  Research will be conducted on processing, microstructural optimization and thermo-mechanical performance.   The position requires expertise in hands-on ceramic materials development and characterization as well as knowledge and understanding of the thermo-mechanical performance of composites. Experience/knowledge of the polymer derived ceramic route is preferred. 

Send cover letter, CV addressing the qualifications along with contact information for 3 references to: rbordia@clemson.edu

Rajendra K. Bordia

George J. Bishop, III Chair Professor of Ceramics and Materials Engineering

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Post-Doctoral Position on Solid State Lithium Ion Conductors Available at Clemson Materials Science and Engineering Department in the Brinkman Research Group https://cecas.clemson.edu/ceramicmaterials4energy/.

Job Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Full time, must be able to work in US

Position Description: An immediate opening is available for a postdoctoral position at Clemson Materials Science and Engineering Department in the Brinkman research group. Clemson’s work will be focused on ceramic-based solid-state lithium-ion conductor design, fabrication and testing as part of Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and Office of Science–Fusion Energy Sciences (SC-FES) joint program on fusion energy: Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW) https://arpa-e.energy.gov/technologies/programs/gamow.  Primary work will be performed at Clemson University with the potential opportunity to engage collaborative opportunities with the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) partner organization. Ability to be very organized and work in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment is essential. Specific technical and other qualifications are detailed in the following section.

Project Description: This project makes use makes use of solid lithium-ion ceramic conductors such as garnet structured lithium lanthanum zirconate (LLZO). The ceramic will serve as an electrolyte in molten salts to aid in the hydrogen isotope extraction process to improve the efficiencies of fusion energy systems. Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is working with Clemson University to demonstrate and improve this process at the laboratory scale. The goal of this work is to: 1) develop optimized compositions and bulk electrolyte synthesis methods to produce solid lithium conducting electrolyte 2) fabricate ceramic tubes of optimized composition 3)characterize the conductivity, durability and phase stability of materials before and after extended exposure to model molten salt systems at elevated temperature. The position requires expertise in hands-on ceramic materials development and characterization as well as detailed knowledge of electrochemical characterization. 

Send cover letter, CV addressing the qualifications along with contact information for 3 references to: ksbrink@clemson.edu

The deadline to apply is July 1, 2021

Kyle S. Brinkman

Professor and Department Chair


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Post-Doctoral Position on Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cells Available at Clemson Materials Science and Engineering Department in the Brinkman Research Group https://cecas.clemson.edu/ceramicmaterials4energy/.

Job Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Full time, US Citizenship Required

Position Description: An immediate opening is available for a postdoctoral position at Clemson Materials Science and Engineering Department in the Brinkman research group on the topic of protonic ceramic fuel cell materials development. Clemson’s work will be focused on protonic ceramic fuel cell materials design and testing as candidates for propulsion systems as part of Clemson’s Army program on the Virtual Prototyping of Ground Systems (VIPR-GS) https://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/a-partnership-for-the-future-clemson-u-s-army-to-develop-next-generation-of-autonomous-vehicle-tools-prototyping/. The position will participate in additional fuel cell and membrane separation-related projects including sponsored program by NASA and the Department of Energy.

Project Description: These projects are focused on perovskite-based protonic ceramic conductors as the basis of low-temperature fuel cell and electrolysis cells. The goals of this work are to broadly: 1) develop new compositions for protonic ceramic fuel cell and electrolysis cells (electrolyte/cathode) 2) characterize material and device-level performance properties 3)develop an understanding of performance and stability relations in light of thermodynamic characterization measurements. The position requires expertise in hands-on ceramic materials development and characterization as well as detailed knowledge of electrochemical characterization of fuel cell and electrolysis cells. 

Send cover letter, CV addressing the qualifications along with contact information for 3 references to: ksbrink@clemson.edu

Deadline to apply is July 1, 2021

Kyle S. Brinkman

Professor and Department Chair


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Post-Doctoral Position on Experimental Thermodynamics Available at Clemson Materials Science and Engineering Department in the Brinkman Research Group https://cecas.clemson.edu/ceramicmaterials4energy/.

Job Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Full time, must be able to work in US

Position Description: An immediate opening is available for a postdoctoral position at Clemson Materials Science and Engineering Department in the Brinkman research group on the topic of thermodynamic characterization of materials. Clemson’s work will be focused on melt solution and room temperature solution calorimetry primarily sponsored by the Center for Hierarchical Waste Form Materials https://chwm.sc.edu, the Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) https://science.osti.gov/bes/efrc/Centers. The position will participate in additional collaborations on thermodynamic characterization of fuel cell and membrane separation and battery materials in related projects including sponsored program by the Department of Energy.

Project Description: These projects are focused on the use of melt solution calorimetry as the basis of thermodynamic characterization.  The goals of this work are to broadly: 1) measure a wide range of ceramic-based materials as candidates for nuclear waste immobilization 2) develop an understanding of performance and stability relations in light of thermodynamic and physical property relations such as ionic conductivity. The position requires expertise in hands-on melt solution calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and chemical characterization techniques such as ICP-MS and SEM/EDX as well as structural characterization such as X-ray Diffraction and neutron scattering.

Send cover letter, CV addressing the qualifications along with contact information for 3 references to:

ksbrink@clemson.edu

Deadline to apply is July 1, 2021

Kyle S. Brinkman

Professor and Department Chair


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Post-Doctoral Position on Engineering Biology of Insect Feeding Devices, Bridging Physics, Chemistry, Nanotechnology, and Biology to Understand the Materials Science and Structural Evolution of These Feeding Devices. 

Job Title: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Full time, must be able to work in US

Techniques & methods: The candidate will be involved in experimental analyses of these fascinating fiber-like devices, including X-Ray microscopy and diffraction at the Advanced Photon Source in the Argonne National Lab, high-speed imaging, and other advanced methods of nanotechnology to probe the materials properties of proboscises at different scales.   Requirements: PhD in biology or entomology. Familiarity with phylogenetics, structure-function relationships, and image analysis are desirable.  

Some details about the current project: Among the most popular insects are the hawk moths, well known for their remarkably long proboscises and ability to feed from flowers with extraordinarily long nectar tubes containing nectar of variable viscosity, from watery to sticky. To understand the wide-ranging abilities of these moths to acquire fluid from long and short nectar tubes, a diverse team of researchers will investigate the structure, function, and biomechanics of the proboscis and its associated sucking pump. By coupling structural and functional characteristics of the proboscises with principles of biology and fluid dynamics, the team will provide insights into the diversification of hawk moths and their coevolution with the different species of flowering plants. The results will provide strategies for novel Nature-based engineering designs and products, such as new microfluidic probes. 

http://www.clemson.edu/cecas/departments/mse/people/faculty/kornev.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHDbdKj8NuM

If interested, please email Prof. Kostya  Kornev at kkornev@clemson.edu with a statement of interest and your cv.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.