Two doctoral graduate positions and one postdoc associate opening are available for year 2021

We are hiring at least one postdoctoral researcher joining us in 2021, the starting time is negotiable due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions. In addition, we are looking for two PhD students to join our research lab in 2021.

Please check the "Openings" page for more information. For graduate admission, please check our online guidance: click here for admission guidance.

Strongly self-motivated students and researchers with high interests exactly on materials and processing design are welcome to join the PMMD lab. We perform process-microstructure multiscale modeling, which provides guideline of our alloy and processing design with focused experiments. The PMMD Lab focuses on developing fundamental methods for materials design (both experimental and computational), but we do care their applications in materials engineering.

Possible Ph.D. Thesis and Postdoctoral Projects
  • Materials thermodynamic/kinetic modeling
  • Materials informatics, machine learning, and data-mining
  • Additive manufacturing of metals and alloys
  • Alloy and processing design for advanced manufacturing
  • Ultra-high strength steel design
  • High-throughput experiments for materials genome
Typical Research Positions at the PMMD Lab
  • PhD Student (Graduate Student Researcher)
  • PhD Student (Teaching Assistant)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Visiting Scholar & Student
  • Master Student (Self-support only)
  • Undergraduate Researcher


Postdoctoral Associate Position in Integrated Computational Materials Design and Advanced Microstructure Characterization (Last update: Aug, 2020)


At least one Postdoctoral Associate position is available at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh. The postdoctoral associate will perform research studies in the Physical Metallurgy and Materials Design (PMMD) Laboratory (http://www.pitt.edu/~weixiong) directed by Prof. Wei Xiong. Since the lab performs both simulation and experiments for materials design, the opening accepts applications in both computational materials and microstructure characterization.

For application in Computational Materials Design, the candidates should be highly skilled in computational modeling of phase equilibria and phase transformations such as the CALPHAD method and ICME (Integrated Computational Materials Engineering). It is expected that candidates may be also familiar with basic materials characterization such as SEM/EBSD/EDS and mechanical testing. If the applicants only perform simulation, coding experience is desired since the research projects are expected to perform high-throughput calculations and machine learning, which will be applied to alloy design and additive manufacturing.

For application in Advanced Microstructure Characterization, candidates should be highly skilled in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) besides FIB/SEM/EDS/EBSD, although EPMA Electron Probe Microanalysis, thermal analysis, mechanical testing, and alloy preparation experience will be considered as good complementary skills but not required. This position is primarily open for alloy research, but the ones with experience in the composite are also highly encouraged to apply.

For both possible positions, candidates are expected to be highly independent with a solid research background in physical metallurgy or phase transformations. A good track record of peer-reviewed journal publications is essential for a successful application.

The postdoc will work with experts in computational materials, additive manufacturing (metals 3D printing), and microstructure characterization in the PMMD lab and MEMS department. University of Pittsburgh has a center equipped with Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF). http://www.nano.pitt.edu/facilities. The research opportunity will help the successful candidate to strengthen the skills in ICME and materials characterization for materials and processing design and will significantly help for future career development.

Qualified applicants must have a doctoral degree in materials science, metallurgical engineering, or a similar field prior to beginning employment. Salaries will be commensurate with relevant experience and based on the prevailing wage for postdoctoral fellows set by the University of Pittsburgh. The contract will be renewed annually depending on performance. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.

To apply, please submit the application documents to Prof. Wei Xiong (weixiong@pitt.edu) with an email titled “Postdoc Application by Your_Full_Name.” The application package should include a complete CV, transcripts of all degrees, a list of reference contact, and a cover letter (less than 2-page) summarizing your previous work and career goals (including an anticipated starting date). Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to learn the research lab and the University of Pittsburgh through the website before application: http://www.pitt.edu/~weixiong. Although the expected starting time is Sept 2020, considering the COVID-19 pandemic and travel difficulties, the starting time will be negotiable, especially for the international applicants. The position will be open until filled.

Graduate Research Position in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Design (Last update: Aug, 2020)


We have plan to hire more graduate students for PhD program in 2021. If you have interest to apply, please contact Dr. Wei Xiong with your CV, cover letter, and transcripts attached in the email. If your application document is too large in size (>10MB), please save these documents in network drive as a link attached in the email to ensure the successful application.

To apply, please submit the application documents to Prof. Wei Xiong (weixiong@pitt.edu) with an email titled as "Graduate Application by Your_Full_Name.” The application package should include a complete CV, transcripts of all degrees, a list of reference contact, and a cover letter (less than 2-page) summarizing your previous work and career goals (including an anticipated starting date). Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to learn the research lab and the University of Pittsburgh through the website before application: (http://www.pitt.edu/~weixiong) or (http://wxiong.weebly.com).

For graduate admission, please check our online guidance: Click here to visit the webpage of admission process

Research Positions for Undergraduates (available if posted)


We always welcome undergraduates to join our research lab to learn the research in materials design. We offer different research opportunities at the PMMD lab due to the close collaboration with industrial partners, and national labs.

At Pitt, thanks to the support of Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovations, we release some interesting research topics in different areas including additive manufacturing, alloy development, etc. If you have interests, please feel free to talk with Dr. Xiong by sending him an email.

https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/mcsi/URPApply/

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