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RAP 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

NIST 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.

key words
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
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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