Research Assistant Scientist in Materials Science and Engineering
University of Florida
United States


The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida invites applications for a 12-month academic, non-tenure track, full-time faculty positions at the rank of Research Assistant Scientist the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Professor Michele V. Manuel’s Group.

Responsibilities of this position include the study of a range of materials from lightweight alloys, shape memory alloys, self-healing metals, to radiation effects on materials using alloy design techniques.  Highly motivated individuals are sought in the development of advanced light metals, specifically aluminum and magnesium alloys, through the use of thermodynamic and kinetic database development. Additionally, the candidate is expected to give conference talks, prepare manuscripts and reports, participate in meetings, and play a major role in the preparation of grants.  They are also expected to assist in managing and supervising both graduate and undergraduate students.

The University of Florida is currently ranked as one of the top-10 best public universities, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is currently implementing a major expansion of faculty and state-of-the-art research and education facilities. The College will reach 300 faculty members in the near future. For more information about these initiatives, please visit


The successful candidate will have a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering with preferred prior experience in thermodynamic and kinetic database development and assessment.  In addition, it is expected that the research scientist will be highly motivated and can work independently, as well as part of highly diverse research group.  The candidate should have a solid publication history and strong verbal and written communications skills in English.

Application Instructions

To be considered for this position, interested persons must apply by submitting an application through Interfolio via (Job 58174). Provide a cover letter describing your previous work and career goals (please include an anticipated start date), detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three or more references. Salary will be commensurate with relevant experience. The anticipated start date is early 2020.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

University of Florida counts among its greatest strengths — and a major component of its excellence – that it values broad diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and creates a robust, inclusive and welcoming climate for learning, research and other work. UF is committed to equal educational and employment opportunity and access and seeks individuals of all races, ethnicities, genders and other attributes who, among their many exceptional qualifications, have a record of including a broad diversity of individuals in work and learning activities. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Search committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and many other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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