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Iowa State University Postdoc Research Associate in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:

Postdoc Research Associate

Appointment Type:

Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

 Applications are invited for one Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. The research objectives are to (1) develop machine learning algorithms to online detect faults and predict failures of lithium-ion batteries and rotating machinery (e.g., motors, pumps, and rotor-bearing systems) and (2) assist in validating the data analytics on Battery Management Systems (BMS) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) hardware and software platforms. The duration of the position is expected to be one year and may be renewable based on performance and availability of funding. The salary will be commensurate with the prior research experience of the applicant. The postdoctoral associate will attend the weekly individual and group meetings, mentor at least two Ph.D. students in the group, and facilitate close collaborations with companies specialized in battery materials design and testing, IIoT and predictive maintenance. The postdoctoral associate will also publish the findings of his/her research in premier journals, present his/her research in high-impact conferences, and participate in proposal writing. Only individuals who have a strong desire to pursue an academic career are encouraged to apply.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a recent Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline. 

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants with experience in (1) fault diagnostics and failure prognostics, (2) machine learning and deep learning, and/or (3) experimental/computational studies of lithium-ion batteries are highly encouraged to apply. Particularly, prior research experience in one or more of the following areas are desired:

- Algorithm development for machine learning and deep learning
- Algorithm development for fault diagnostics and failure prognostics
- Algorithm development for battery state estimation in BMS
- Computational modeling of lithium-ion cell designs and their degradation/lifetime
- Vibration analysis for diagnostics/prognostics of rotating machinery

Proposed Start Date:

February 1, 2021

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:

January 31, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year:

12 Month Work Period

Time Type:

Full time

Pay Grade:

Post Docs

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:

October 20, 2020

Posting Close Date:

January 31, 2021

Job Requisition Number:


Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.


Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email 

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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