Ceramics are important materials for their low-density, high compressive strength and thermal stability; however, their range of applications is limited by brittle fracture behavior. Looking to nature, this challenge is solved via novel architectures of hard ceramic components with a soft matrix. New frontiers in additive manufacturing (3D printing) are enabling a broader range of bioinspired materials. The PDF, with a focus on ceramics processing, will join teams with experience in architectured structures and materials for 3D printing. The objective of the project will be to develop materials (polymer precursors, ceramic composites), processes (printing, high-temperature treatment, infusion) and structures (design, FEA analysis) to fabricate and assess novel bio-inspired materials/structures. Such structures are not amenable to fabrication via traditional techniques and the approach also supports integration of nanoparticles, which will be employed for enhanced performance and functionality. The PDF is expected to undertake leading-edge research in this field as part of a multidisciplinary team at NRC Aerospace and NRC Security & Disruptive Technologies using facilities for 3D printing, high-temperature processing and materials testing while advancing these capabilities in the area of ceramic composites.
The candidate should have, or expect to obtain before the appointment, a PhD degree in the physical sciences or a relevant engineering discipline.
For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency
Experience in the area of ceramic or ceramic-matrix composite processing, materials characterization and materials structure-properties relationships is essential. Experience in one or more of the following areas: additive manufacturing, structural modeling, and functional materials/nanomaterials, is also advantageous.
Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests
Condition of Employment
Who is eligible?
Fellowships will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during the first year.
Candidates should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years (PhD received on or after July 1, 2017) or expect to complete their PhD within 6 months of appointment.
Fellows will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.
Although preference will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents, Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries. The offer of a Fellowship does not ensure foreign nationals Permanent Residency in Canada. Non-Canadian candidates should apply for non-immigrant status (i.e. temporary status) and an employment visa. For further information, please contact the closest Canadian High Commission, Embassy or Consulate in your area.
In order to be considered for the program please include the following in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your application being excluded from searches.
Statement of Interest in the project (maximum one page in length)
PhD Transcript - an electronic copy is sufficient, it does not have to be an official version.
List of Publications
When submitting your application you can include the required documents in any attachment field such as «Second language evaluation results» or «Other attachments»
In addition, applicants who best meet the requirements of the position will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation at a later stage of the competition process.
Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
From $55,541 to $157,009 per annum.
The Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is unique to the NRC. It falls under the RO/RCO classification system which uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience.
NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
Fellowships are open to nationals of all countries, although preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (9607) to:
Closing Date: 18 March 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time