Structural Engineering - Postdoctoral

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
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The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is an integral component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and helps solve our Nation’s most challenging problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences for the Army, Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and our Nation’s public good.  ERDC strives to be the world’s premier public engineering and environmental sciences research and development organization.

ERDC’s Civil Works research, development and technology business area contributes to the strength of the Nation by providing innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to the Nation’s water resources challenges. As the Nation’s water resources are under increasing pressure from competing uses, the state-of-the-art technologies developed by ERDC researchers help provide safe and resilient communities and infrastructure and help American goods compete in the global marketplace. Furthermore, ERDC's science and technology help the Corps manage existing water resources infrastructure sustainably--in the face of expected climate change and land use change, invasion by exotic species, demographic shifts, and aging structures--to meet the needs of future generations.

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What will I be doing?

You will research the use of Carbon Fiber Reinforce Polymer (CFRP) and Basalt patches on the strength and ductility of repaired Steel Hydraulic Structures subjected to corrosion. These studies should consider the following:

1) Randomness in workmanship when cleaning the corroded surfaces and applying the repairs.
2) Randomness in material properties and their effect on strength and ductility of the repaired sections.
3) Effect of tension, compression, shear, and bending on the repaired sections and the subsequent effect on strength and ductility.

These objectives must be addressed by conducting experimental tests and numerical simulations at various scales. The result of this study will be documented in a final report. A brief description of the research, the technical approach, and deliverables are presented below.

1) Define key performance and testing parameters.
2) Perform bending, compression, tension, and shear load tests on retrofitted specimens.
3) Conduct experimental testing of repaired and unrepaired (damaged and undamaged) specimens.
4) Quantification of statistical variations in repair quality and material property.
5) Development of probabilistic mathematical models and a design tool.
6) Provide recommendations and summary of results.

Where will I be located? Fort Collins, Colorado

Why should I apply?

This fellowship provides the opportunity to independently utilize your skills and engage with experts in innovative ideas to move the proposed
research forward.

What is the anticipated start date?

ERDC-ITL is ready to make an appointment immediately. Exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by ERDC-ITL. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

This ORISE appointment is a part-time twelve month opportunity. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Nature of the Appointment

You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.


PhD in structural engineering and at least 5–years of experience in  the areas of finite element analysis and experimental mechanics on fatigue and fracture problems  related to navigation steel structures, and 5–years of experience conducting studies on fatigue and  fracture and corrosion assessment of steel structures.

A complete application consists of:

  • Zintellect profile
  • Essay Questions - The application includes questions specific to the opportunity.
  • Academic Records - For this opportunity, an official transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted.
  • Current Resume/CV
  • One (1) Recommendation - Applicants are required to provide contact information for at least one recommendation. You are encouraged to request a recommendation from a professional who can speak to your abilities and potential for success as well as your scientific capabilities and personal characteristics. Recommendation requests must be sent through the Zintellect application system. Recommenders will be asked to complete a recommendation in Zintellect. Letters of recommendation submitted via email will not be accepted.

Submitted documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out,
blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system. If you have questions, send an email to Please list the reference code of this opportunity in the subject line of the email. Please understand that ORISE does not review applications or select applicants; selections are made by the sponsoring agency identified on this opportunity. All application materials should be submitted via the “Apply” button at the bottom of this opportunity listing.  Please do not send application materials to the email address above. All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

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Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Engineering (27 )
  • Veteran Status: Veterans Preference, degree received within the last 120 month(s).