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A postdoctoral research associate position is available for an interdisciplinary project involving laser materials processing, characterization of photovoltaic materials, and thermofluidic effects.  This is a two-year appointment with potential for extension subject to the availability of funds. The selected candidate will be working on laser-assisted additive manufacturing to develop methods for depositing copper contacts on solar cells, under the supervision of Prof. Kristopher Davis (Materials Science and Engineering), Prof. Ranganathan Kumar (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and Prof. Aravinda Kar (Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), The College of Optics and Photonics). Additional responsibility includes designing, implementing, testing a prototype Nanoparticle Electrospray Laser Deposition (NELD) process for sintering nanoparticles on various photovoltaic substrates, and characterizing the resulting devices.

Key qualifications:

  • A Ph. D. degree in Engineering, Optical Sciences, Physics, or other related fields.
  • Significant experience in laser materials processing and photovoltaic materials.
  • Proficiency in LabView, Matlab, or other coding languages.

Desired qualifications:

  • Knowledge in laser-matter interactions and experience with lasers.
  • Understanding of nanoparticle suspensions flowing through capillary tubes.
  • Skills for sample characterization using materials analysis tools such as SEM, XRD, TEM, AFM, etc.

To apply, please send a letter describing your qualification and your CV to with Cc to, and

The position will be open until a successful candidate is identified.