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Research Associate II, Center for Composite Materials

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Engineering, Full Time



The Center for Composite Materials, CCM, a soft-funded research center within the College of Engineering, has annual research expenses of more than $11.2M that is derived entirely from external sources, including grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and industrial contracts. The mission of the Center is to 1) conduct basic and applied research, 2) educate scientists and engineers, and 3) transition technology to industry.

Under the general direction of a CCM principle investigator (PI), the Research Associate II conducts collaborative research in the PI's funded research program(s) with professional staff and students. The Research Associate II uses a wide range of manufacturing techniques and test methods to perform interdisciplinary research in various aspects of composite materials and structures.



• Develop manufacturing techniques such as assembly design, process flow, line layout, creation and design concepts for fixtures, tooling, and equipment, and troubleshooting for novel composite processing projects from concept through to final fabrication.
• Prepare drawings and schematics using CATIA, SolidWorks, Autodesk AutoCAD, or similar CAD design packages.
• Support the development of prototyping and prove out of process hardware for manufacturing composite materials.
• Perform material, sub-component and component mechanical testing and qualification.
• Work with small teams to provide input on process development projects from concept through to final fabrication.
• Present work including theory, approach, results, and conclusions and provide input concerning results, suggested modifications for future work.
• Maintain a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art in composites manufacturing science, technology, equipment, and/or systems.
• Write reports on the work performed in the form of internal research reviews, and external progress reports for government and/or commercial projects under contract.
• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



• US Citizen or Permanent Resident required due to funding source.
• Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and three years of experience with emphasis on composites manufacturing or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience with CAD design including product assemblies and drafting.
• Experience with prototyping of composite processing equipment.
• Ability to develop and follow research methodology and protocol.
• Experience with composite manufacturing techniques including autoclave, compression molding, RTM and VARTM.
• Mechanical testing experience in composites with ASTM standards, sample preparation, data reduction methods and writing test reports.
• Demonstrated proficiency working in team environment and set own priorities based on project schedule.
• Effective oral and written communication of design documentation (reports, drawings, etc.) and engineering presentations.
• Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

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