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Postdoctoral Researcher QCML-WIU Faculty Assistant
Western Illinois University in Moline, Illinois
Date Posted 08/17/2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Location: Moline, IL Category: Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions Posted On: Fri Aug 14 2020 Job Description:



  • Develop mathematical and computational models for materials processing and work with other researchers to design experiments to validate models
  • Conduct applied research and prepare reports related to advanced materials and manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing
  • Write proposals for external funding in the development of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies
  • Publish research findings in technical journals
  • Operate and maintain advanced manufacturing equipment at the QCML
  • Supervise and train undergraduate students, technicians, and entry-level staff at the QCML
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of QCML
  • Ability to teach courses in the WIU School of Engineering as required

RANK & SALARY: Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:

Job Requirements:


  • Ph.D in Materials Science/Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field
  • U.S. citizenship/green card (to be able to access QCML on the Rock Island Arsenal)
  • Experience with computational modeling of materials and/or materials processing
  • Must have publications in peer-reviewed technical journals (pending is acceptable)
  • Relevant academic or professional work experience
  • Excellent verbal, written, and leadership skills
  • Be able to work effectively both independently and within a research group


  • Experience with materials processing and modeling related to ballistic protection (armor)
  • Experience writing research proposals to agencies such as DOD, NSF, DOE, etc
  • Knowledge of metallographic specimen preparation, and analytical techniques such as XRD, SEM, and EBSD.
  • Experience with metal additive manufacturing processes, and other technologies at QCML
  • Ability to teach courses in the WIU School of Engineering

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be "in hand" at the time of application.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory (QCML), located at the Rock Island Arsenal, is a research lab focused on developing advanced materials and manufacturing technologies. QCML is an integral part of WIU's ABET accredited, School of Engineering, which is housed at the WIU Quad Cities campus.

THE UNIVERSITY: Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

More than 66 undergraduate degree programs, nearly 40 graduate programs and two doctoral programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation. Outside the classroom at Western, concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more are performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, as well as a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 6,432): A traditional, residential four-year campus with offering a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,192): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education and a doctorate in environmental studies, at its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL.

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