Senior Materials Engineer

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University of Dayton Research Institute
Dayton, OH, United States

Phone: 9372292779
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Senior Materials Engineer


Dayton, OH 

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UDRI is a national leader in scientific and engineering research, serving government, industry and nonprofit customers. UDRI contributes to the fulfillment of the University’s commitments to education, research and public service through the involvement of students, faculty and external partners. Established as the research arm of the University of Dayton in 1956, UDRI achieved $2.75 billion in cumulative sponsored research in 2020. Sponsored research for 2020 alone exceeded $169 million. UDRI is ranked first in the nation among all colleges and universities for sponsored materials research, according to the National Science Foundation. In Ohio, UDRI is number one among colleges and universities receiving contracts and grants from the Department of Defense. The Institute has a tradition of research excellence with an uncompromising commitment to providing customers with quality products while maintaining the highest ethical standards. It is keenly aware that compliance with applicable laws and regulations is an essential condition for performing its business. Its commitment to compliance is based on providing a supportive environment, the integrity of its employees, and their support of the University's policies and applicable laws and regulations of the United States.

This position will focus on understanding the material science issues of additive manufacturing and connecting material properties to part end-use needs. This will include material/process risk assessments and selection, troubleshooting, ideation for process improvement and/or material replacement, providing subject matter expertise on structure-property and process-property relationships, test plan development and execution, test data interpretation, and validation of part performance vs. end-use requirements. The position will be initially focused on metal powder bed fusion additive manufacturing. This is a full time benefit eligible position that offers health, dental and vision insurance, retirement, disability, tuition assistance, vacation/sick accrual and holiday pay.

Minimum Qualifications
1. BS degree in relevant engineering field (such as chemical, materials, metallurgy, aerospace)
2. 8 years of directly related experience in the development of materials and material properties for product design engineering of metals, plastics, or ceramics
3. 8 years of experience with material testing (e.g. tensile testing, fatigue testing, XRD, CT, thermal analysis, etc.) and microstructure imaging and analysis (e.g. optical metallography, SEM imaging, EBSD, etc.)
4. Direct experience with heat treatment or other post-processing techniques
5. 3 years of experience developing and implementing operating procedures, process control plans or process improvements
6. Experience setting up and conducting design of experiments (DOE)
7. Experience with statistical analysis of experimental or process data
8. Demonstrated strong technical writing and verbal communication skills
9. Demonstrated attention to detail and organizational skills
10. Demonstrated self-motivation with ability to work with minimal supervision
11. Due to the nature of this position, US citizenship is required

Preferred Qualifications

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

1. Master’s degree in relevant engineering field (such as chemical, materials, metallurgy, aerospace)
2. Doctoral degree in relevant engineering field (such as chemical, materials, metallurgy, aerospace)
3. 5 years of experience with additive manufacturing, developing parameter sets, and applying knowledge of structure-property and process-property relationships to additive manufacturing projects
4. Experience performing process optimization, troubleshooting, and root cause analysis
5. Experience with SolidWorks or another CAD software package
6. Experience qualifying aerospace products and processes; working knowledge of US Air Force policies and procedures
7. Experience working with socially and culturally diverse communities

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and applicable preferred qualifications

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.