Postdoc Position at the University of Washington, USA



One postdoctoral research associate position is expected at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Washington. The successful candidate will work on developing novel morphing structures using shape memory alloys and thermoelectric materials, in collaboration with the Boeing Company. The candidate should have Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or related field, have strong experimental experience in smart materials and structures, particularly shape memory alloys, and must be able to work as a team player in a collaborative environment. Interested party is invited to contact Prof. Jiangyu Li at or Prof. Jihui Yang at

postdoc position applicant


Dear Profs. 

I am so intersting about this postdoc advert and  strongly beleive Iam right candidate for this position.
Herein is the summary of my previous work.

I am currently finishing my Ph.D. under the supervision of Pr. R. Gautier and Dr. P. Gougeon in inorganic solid state chemistry in the Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes at the University of Rennes, France. My main research area concerns the synthesis, the characterization, the exploration of their physical properties and the theoretical study using DFT and BoltZtraP code calculations of new chalcogenide cluster compounds with interesting thermoelectrical properties. 

 Among others, I have studied compounds such as AgxMo9Se11 (3.4 < x < 3.9), containing bioctahedral Mo9Se11 clusters, Ag3M2Mo15Se19 (M = In, Tl, Ba) containing octahedral Mo6Se8  and bioctahedral Mo9Se11 clusters in a 1:1 ratio, 

Cs2M2Mo12Se14 (M = Zn, Cu) containing Mo12Se14  clusters,

 Tl2Mo9Se11 containing octahedral Mo6Se8 and Mo12Se14 clusters in a 1:1 ratio, 

Ag2.5Tl2Mo12Se15 containing octahedral Mo6Se8 and bioctahedral Mo9Se11 clusters in a 1:2 ratio as well as the condensed molybdenum chalcogenide cluster compound Rb2n(Mo9S11)(Mo6nS6n+2). I am also involved in the experimental study of the solid state molybdenum oxide compounds LixAyMo3O8 (A = Ga, Ge, Sn, In) that contain triangular metallic cluster units. 

Besides my research work, I am also a teaching fresh-man students in theoretical chemistry and computational sciences.  
I am interested in pursuing with a postdoctoral experience after my PhD defense planned on next October. I will be free then around the 1st of November 2013. I would like to continue to work in the domain of thermoelectricity. Knowing your work in this domain, I am highly interested in working in your laboratory in order to improve my knowledge on  thermoelectric materials.

Looking forward to hearing from you, I remain 

Sincerely yours,


 PhD student

Sciences Chimiques de Rennes UMR 6226

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