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Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology   NIST

Ceramic Additive/Advanced Manufacturing


Material Measurement Laboratory, Ceramics Division

opportunity location
50.65.21.C0562 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Russell Alan Maier 301.975.6045


Additive manufacturing (AM) is a rapidly growing technology, but its commercial adaptation to ceramic-based materials lags behind the metals and polymers sectors.  Innovations that improve the availability of reliable, custom, on-demand ceramic parts will benefit a range of structural, thermal management, medical, and electronic applications. These applications often call for multi-material or composite parts that require ceramics to be integrated with less-refractory materials [1]. The ceramic AM field will progress with innovations that combine experience from traditional ceramic processing with recent breakthroughs in densification of ceramics, like cold sintering[2] or ultra-fast high-temperature sintering [3].

Our effort at NIST focuses on developing predictive tools for ceramic AM by combining computational and experimental approaches to study fundamental material processes during direct-ink writing and post-processing of ceramic parts.  We are interested in postdoc candidates with prior experience in any of the following areas: ceramic processing, nano-particle synthesis, colloidal chemistry (i.e., rheological testing, zeta-potential), advanced characterization (ultrasound, x-ray scattering, IR imaging), and experimental equipment design (CAD, controls (i.e., LabView, Python, Arduino, G-code), image/video processing (i.e., ImageJ).

[1]      A. Bandyopadhyay, B. Heer, Additive manufacturing of multi-material structures, Mater. Sci. Eng. R Reports. 129 (2018) 1–16.

[2]      J. Guo, R. Floyd, S. Lowum, J.-P. Maria, T. Herisson De Beauvoir, J.-H. Seo, C.A. Randall, Cold Sintering: Progress, Challenges, and Future Opportunities, (2019).

[3]      C. Wang, W. Ping, Q. Bai, H. Cui, R. Hensleigh, R. Wang, A.H. Brozena, Z. Xu, J. Dai, Y. Pei, C. Zheng, G. Pastel, J. Gao, X. Wang, H. Wang, J.C. Zhao, B. Yang, X. Zheng, J. Luo, Y. Mo, B. Dunn, L. Hu, A general method to synthesize and sinter bulk ceramics in seconds, Science (80-. ). 368 (2020) 521–526.

Ceramics; Additive Manufacturing; Rheology; Colloidal Chemistry; 3D-Printing; Cold-Sintering; Nano-Particle Synthesis; Controls; Particle Image Velocimetry; Non-Destructive Testing


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$74,950.00 $3,000.00
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