Research Scientist, Atomistic Simulation and Energy Group

Massachusetts, United States
18 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

RESEARCH SCIENTISTMechanical Engineering-Atomistic Simulation and Energy (ASE), to join a research group--with a two-year project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Program--that is focused on the development of the next generation of concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies.  Will conduct research specifically focused on the development of pumps, valves, piping, and tanks that each contain components that are made from a refractory metal or ceramic, so that they can be used for high temperature molten chloride salts. The project involves the design, construction, and testing of high temperature (700-800°C) circulation loops for molten chloride salts, using ceramics and/or refractory metals. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or related field; experience conducting experiments that involve convective heat or mass transfer; experience with high temperature experiments involving the flow and circulation of high temperature fluids; experience designing and conducting experiments; experience using commercial codes for modeling heat transfer; experience conducting experiments involving high pressures; experience designing and testing pumps, valves, or seals; experience designing experiments that run for long periods (e.g., days or weeks at a time) and therefore must be designed for remote monitoring and shutdown; experience supervising graduate students or undergraduates; and experience writing proposals or reports.

This is a one-year position with potential for extension.

In addition to applying via the MIT website with a CV and cover letter, interested candidates are asked contact Professor Asegun Henry at immediately, as the position will remain open until filled. Please note the title of the position “Molten salt containment postdoc position” in the subject line and include a copy of your CV. Please also include a cover letter that discusses the following: 1) your long term career goals and objectives, 2) why you’re interested in this position, and 3) what you would like to get out of the experience.  Please also include a writing sample such as an excerpt from a paper or proposal (note: the writing sample should not have been edited by anyone other than the candidate).  Candidates of interest will be contacted by Prof. Henry to set up a Skype interview and possibly a follow up interview at MIT.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.