Postdoctoral Position Announcement

October 9, 2015

The Center for Plasma Material Interactions (CPMI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is looking to fill in a position at the post-doctoral research associate level, who will work on research areas relevant to plasma material interactions for several applications.

The Center for Plasma-Material Interactions currently has 12 graduate students, and over 20 undergraduate researchers. The primary emphasis is experimental and computational study of plasma relating to the manufacturing of semiconductor devices (plasma-based lithography, plasma etching, PVD sputtering, PECVD thin-films) and the edge-region of future fusion energy devices (lithium walls, lithium technology, edge localized modes, mixed material sputtering at elevated temperature). In addition, CPMI is also a part of the “NSF I/UCRC center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing” and has many new opportunities for research projects, particularly in the field of atmospheric pressure plasmas. This particular position will work primarily in fusion engineering.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
➢ Work with Prof. David Ruzic in managing research activities
➢ Advice and assist students with research
➢ Conduct original research on CPMI projects
➢ Work with industrial research partners and collaborations on projects
➢ Identify and grow new research directions
➢ Monitor proposal solicitations and write grant proposals
➢ Meeting deadlines, milestones and write reports for funding agencies
➢ Report results in peer-reviewed publications and conferences

The postdoctoral researcher’s development at CPMI will also be enhanced through a program of structured mentoring activities. The goal of this program is to provide the skills, knowledge and experience to prepare the successful candidate to excel in his/her career path. To accomplish this goal, the mentoring plan includes career planning assistance, and opportunities to learn a number of career skills such as writing grant proposals, teaching students, writing articles for publication and communication skills.

The successful candidate for this position is expected to have earned a Ph.D. in plasma engineering, nuclear engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, physics, or a related area before the date of joining. Research experiences in any or all of the following fields are a plus:
• Fusion-Energy-Related Experiments
• Laser-Surface Interactions
• Plasma Surface Modification
• Plasma Diagnostics (QCM, ESA, OES, Laser based diagnostics)
• Plasma Modeling
• Plasma Processing Applications
• Plasma Synthesis of Materials
• Material Characterization Tools (SEM, TEM, AFM, Profilometer, Ellipsometer, XPS, AES, TOFSIMS etc.)
• Atmospheric Pressure Plasmas
To apply for this position please send cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for 3 references to Ivan Shchelkanov at

Salary: $47,000 (or competitive and commensurate with experience)
Start date: January 16, 2016 or earlier if possible. Applications will be considered through November 29, 2015
Expected duration of the position: 1-2 years
For additional information contact Prof. David Ruzic at

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