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Post-doctoral researcher - Electrochemical corrosion of metallic composites in oral environments
University of California, Los Angeles

  • Jun. 5, 2017
  • Post-doctoral researcher - Electrochemical corrosion of metallic composites in oral environments
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Oct. 1, 2017
  • Post-Doc
  • Biological/Materials Sciences
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The Laboratory for the Structure and Performance of Materials (SPMlab) is seeking a postdoctoral candidate starting October 1, 2017. Special emphasis is placed on recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, bioengineering, or, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or chemistry with expertise in the characterization of metallic corrosion processes in biologically relevant environments with a capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record.

The successful candidates will investigate the electrochemical ("galvanic") corrosion of chromium-cobalt, and titanium-alloy composites in aqueous (oral) environments using Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) and Vertical Scanning Interferometry (VSI) at the nanoscale. Special focus will be placed on understanding the effects of the solution chemistry, interface structure, and metallic mesostructure on corrosion sensitivity (and life-time durability) of these composites in oral environments. Relevant expertise in electrochemistry, metallurgy, and solution chemistry, as well as experience in surface characterization methods is required. Fundamental knowledge about biological processes and immunology is preferred.

For full-consideration, the applicant should possess the following qualifications: (a) a Ph.D. degree from a reputable university in a topic of relevance (see above), (b) a fundamental understanding of metallic corrosion and electrochemical processes in biological environments, and, © an interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative research environment. The applicant will work alongside other researchers having expertise in interfacial reaction processes and their characterization, and microstructure-property relationships.

Applicants with relevant experience will be given special preference. The successful candidate will be expected to take personal initiative to structure tasks to meet project functions and author novel publications. The candidate will also be expected to mentor students, teach courses in relation to expertise (if opportunity arises), fulfill project administration functions and assist in proposal development. The candidate is expected to meet programmed project goals, and be capable of responding to aggressive deliverable timelines as are typical in "academia-industry" collaborative research.

All positions are programmed for a 1-year duration, but can be extended by mutual agreement. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, please provide (as PDFs) to both supervisory contacts noted below: a detailed resume, a short personal statement explaining your scientific and research interests and complete contact information for three referees in support of your application.


Profs. Gaurav N. Sant and Kumar C. Shah
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, California Nanosystems Institute, and, Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and School of Dentistry
420 Westwood Plaza, 5731-J Boelter Hall
University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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  • Prof. Gaurav Sant
    Materials Science and Engineering
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA


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