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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Scientist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Scientist

  • Job Number: 20276

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: Mechanical Engineering

  • School Area: Engineering

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

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    Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

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RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Mechanical Engineering (MechE), to join a group that will focus on fast-moving research projects with a combination of fundamental and applied research in the areas of energy, water, and thermal-fluid systems. Will lead a team of postdoctoral associates and students, oversee and guide research addressing a variety of highly interdisciplinary problems with a core emphasis on heat and mass transfer, execute independent research projects, mentor students, and support grant writing activities. Responsibilities include working independently and in a small team to conduct research on fundamental and applied research problems related to heat and mass transfer; guiding experimental and modeling work, including characterization and realizing device prototypes of heat and mass transfer systems; designing and developing novel devices and systems for energy transport, storage, conversion, and water harvesting and desalination; engaging with sponsors and potential sponsors regarding grant reporting and grant preparation; assisting with training undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers; disseminating findings via journals, reports, and conferences; and performing other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or related field; experience with heat and mass transfer systems, with an emphasis on the analysis and experiments; strong organizational and planning skills; and ability to coordinate/collaborate with multiple research groups and to contribute effectively to cross-functional device development, improvement, and troubleshooting teams. Research management skills in nanoscale and microscale heat transfer, experimental heat transfer, fluid mechanics, interfacial phenomena, phase-change, micro and nanofabrication, synthesis of nanostructured materials, theory and modeling (including COMSOL or other software packages) of heat and mass transport, design and integration of heat transfer and fluidic systems, and hands-on systems engineering desired. Job #20276The position may require working nights and weekends. Some domestic travel is also required.This is twenty-four-month position with the possibility of renewal based upon the availability of funding.10/13/21