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Department openings

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering seeks to bring together a world-class faculty and staff to explore the field of MSE and Welding Engineering. Our vision is creation of an environment that brings together a diversity of people and ideas through the process of discovery and learning for the advancement of materials science and engineering. We seek to create impact that is tangible and significant with excellence that is obvious.

We seek candidates who are ardent discoverers, passionate teachers and mentors, and committed stewards to our discipline. For the best candidates, we offer a vibrant research environment at one of the largest, best equipped and best connected academic research platforms in North America.

Faculty openings

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU) invites applications for four tenure-track positions in the areas of: 1) functional materials for energy conversion and harvesting 2) joining/additive manufacturing of advanced materials; 3) photovoltaic materials, devices, or systems; and 4) advanced structural/functional ceramics. Appointments will be at various levels, depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidates and the specific position as described below. Two of the positions are supported by endowed chairs and three of the positions are partially funded by the Discovery Themes Initiative (DTI) at OSU, a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university will make a global impact: Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security, and Health and Wellness. The DTI includes the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Program, the goal of which is to achieve and sustain undeniable impact and leadership in the creation, understanding, advancement, and deployment of materials and manufacturing technologies that address the energy and sustainability needs of society.

Post-doc positions

Postdoctoral fellow position in numerical simulation of structural welds/joints. 

This opening involves applied and fundamental research in computational mechanics and metallurgy and assisting in the development of research proposals and problem-solving tasks.  This project is sponsored in part by Honda-OSU SIMCenter

Please contact Dr. Wei Zhang for details about this position.

Graduate Research Associate (GRA) positions

A graduate student’s principal objective is to earn a graduate degree. Appointment as a Graduate research Associate (GRA) contributes to that objective by providing an apprenticeship experience along with financial support. This apprenticeship complements formal instruction and gives the student practical, personal experience that can be gained only by performing research activities.

GRA positions provide a number of benefits to the student:

  • Full payment of tuition and academic fees,
  • A monthly stipend typically provided on 12 month cycles,
  • 85% payment of OSU Student Health Insurance premiums for the student,
  • Payment of computer technology fee as well as laboratory fees,
  • Payment of research-related expenses,
  • Travel costs for conference and research-related expenses may also be provided,
  • Total value of this package can be nearly $60,000 per year.

More about GRA positions in our department.


The Ohio State University is an affirmative/equal opportunity employer.  Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply and build a diverse workplace.  Columbus is a thriving metropolitan community, and the University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.