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Researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University is seeking a non-tenure line Researcher. Candidates should have expertise in thermal systems engineering, experimental heat transfer methods, development of extreme temperature heat engines and turbomachinery, and development of alkali metal and hydrogen peroxide reaction systems. This position is non-tenure line and expected duration is approximately 12 months.

The successful candidate will lead research and development activities in two project areas. The first focuses on development of an integrated chemical hydrogen generator and chemical oxygen generator for fuel cell-based spacecraft power systems. The second area focuses on development of an extreme temperature heat engine that could be matured to produce power on the Venus surface environment. The candidate will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of investigators from the Multiscale Thermal Fluids and Energy Laboratory (MTFE), the Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory, and industry partners.

The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in this research project, define for themselves tasks and paths to achieve project objectives, and author novel publications. The candidate will also be expected to mentor students, fulfill project administration functions, and assist in proposal development. The candidate is expected to work diligently to achieve project goals and to maintain the deliverable timelines and milestones.

For full consideration, the applicant should have the following qualifications: (1) a Ph.D. in a relevant engineering discipline, (2) experience developing and experimentally characterizing thermal-fluids and controls systems, (3) experience developing alkali metal and hydrogen peroxide reaction systems, (4) experience developing heat engine and turbomachinery hardware for extreme environments, (5) ability to translate prototype hardware to mature and robust designs, and (6) eagerness to collaborate with industry partners in a fast-paced R&D effort.

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