Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Artificial Intelligence Enabled Additive Manufacturing Program-2015560

Location of Position: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Employing Institution: Carnegie Mellon University

Description of Position: Carnegie Mellon University's global leadership in the research and development of advanced robotics and automation, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and materials science is rapidly redefining manufacturing and catalyzing economic development in Pittsburgh and beyond. Our NextManufacturing Center is one of the world’s leading research centers for additive manufacturing (AM). The center leverages knowledge from across disciplines to develop a broad approach to AM that includes design optimization, materials selection and characterization, process parameter mapping, software development, final part inspection and qualification, as well as the application of computational methods, data analytics, computer vision and machine learning. The center has an engaged on-campus community that includes nearly 100 faculty, postdocs, students and staff, and is strengthened by its diverse set of Consortium members and nearly 100 yearly interactions across industry, government, and academia. For more information, please visit the NextManufacturing Center website.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our newly launched Artificial Intelligence (AI) Enabled Additive Manufacturing (AM) Program. The successful individual will support the objectives of the program by demonstrating leadership in managing the execution of advanced manufacturing-related projects in the cross disciplinary research areas described below. The Postdoctoral Research Associate works with entire program team, including staff and faculty researchers, other postdoctoral research associates, and the government sponsor as needed, and reports to the program Executive Director. This position has a dual role in program management and interdisciplinary research and will be matched to a Carnegie Mellon faculty mentor in an appropriate area of research.

Success in this position is expected to lead to a Program Manager or a Research Scientist opportunity, depending upon interest and expertise.
This is a one year, fixed term position with the possibility of extension based upon the continued availability of funding, annual review and consideration.

About the AI Enabled AM Program: CMU’s AI Enabled AM Program is an interdisciplinary initiative to accelerate the development of expeditionary manufacturing capability for the US Army. The five-year program will address several significant technology capability gaps and fundamental research requirements from 2020-2025 that are required to enable expeditionary manufacturing. This research program is structured so that research can be conducted with goals and objectives for each core research area. However, our overall objective is not limited to parallel contributions in these individual research areas. Instead, we seek to go much further by taking a comprehensive research approach to develop and demonstrate in a resource-constrained environment a complete expeditionary manufacturing system improving AM+AI, including:

  1. Advanced analysis and characterization of AM powders and their potential impact on part design(s), addressed in the Pre-Processing research area;
  2. Integration of Computer Vision with process modeling of the AM melt pool and build layers to enable real-time optimization, addressed in the In-Situ Processing (Processing & Optimization) research area;
  3. Sensing and correlating microstructures to critical physical and performance characteristics of the manufactured part, addressed in the Post-Processing research area;
  4. Enabling AI data fusion to provide real-time qualification and certification of AM parts, with the requisite cyber security and human-machine teaming to support operation in a resource-constrained environment.

The ultimate goal for maximizing AM+AI for Army expeditionary manufacturing applications is to achieve fully automated sensing and optimization of the AM process, and to enable real-time qualification and certification of mission-critical AM parts and components manufactured at the point of need.

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Gather content and assemble technical reports for review and submission to the program sponsor
  • Draft internal Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for leadership team review and work with Project Coordinator and Research Administrator to ensure successful execution of internal RFP calls, reviews, and awards
  • Work with Executive Director and Project Coordinator to plan and execute quarterly research reviews and annual capability demonstration for the sponsor
  • Work with Executive Director and Project Coordinator to plan and execute training, education, and prototyping support for the sponsor
  • Participate in regular meetings with program leadership and project team members to support implementation progress and deliverables
  • Research and project management including planning, scheduling and conducting research in one or more of the program research areas
  • Producing scholarly articles and reports for publication resulting from research
  • Presenting research results with project team members to ARL, advisors, and professional audiences at annual demonstrations, professional and academic conferences
  • Guiding and mentoring student research assistants as applicable
  • Collaborating on new research projects and grant writing activities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completion of PhD or ScD prior to start date
  • Strong organizational/planning skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in team-based environment to achieve common goals
  • Ability work both independently and collaboratively within diverse settings
  • Ability to synthesize concepts and requirements
  • High degree of energy, creativity, flexibility, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and liaison skills, including the ability to interact effectively with a broad group of key partners both internal and external
  • Ability to work and adhere to deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and strong verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a technical environment and with technical faculty and/or staff
  • 3-5 years of experience in project/program management involving research and development

Application Materials Must Include: 

  • Personal statement – 500-700 words describing your personal background, experience and contributions to the program focus areas through your academic or research career, project management experience, and interest in this unique opportunity
  • Curriculum vitae including publication list
  • Two letters of recommendation that provide detailed assessments of the applicant’s qualifications to manage projects and potential for innovative, ground-breaking independent research. The letter of recommendations to be sent directly to Dr. Sandra DeVincent Wolf, Executive Director.

Contact Information: Dr. Sandra DeVincent Wolf - [email protected]


Closing Date: 01/31/2021