Utah State University

Postdoctoral Researcher

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 years ago(6/9/2021 7:03 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
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College of Engineering
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The research group of Dr. Zhongquan (Charlie) Zheng (https://engineering.usu.edu/mae/faculty/charlie-zheng/index) in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher position. The position is for one year, with possible renew for multiple years depending on performance and available funding. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or closely related fields. Candidates must demonstrate experiences and quality publications in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), including but not limited to, immersed-boundary methods, reduced order modeling, wall-modeled large-eddy simulation, and flow control modeling with neural-network algorithms. In addition to a clear research focus, a successful applicant will also be expected to assist Dr. Zheng in mentoring graduate and undergraduate research assistants in the group, developing externally funded research programs, and participating in activities in professional societies. Anticipated start date is July 2021.


• Develop and debug computer programs for CFD
• Develop reduced-order modeling for flow and aeroacoustic analysis
• Wall-modeled LES for turbulent flow
• Neural-network algorithms for flow control modeling
• Assist in mentoring graduate and undergraduate research assistants
• Help develop externally funded research programs
• Activities in professional societies


• Ph.D. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or closely related fields
• Experience in developing and debugging computer programs for CFD
• Experience and quality publications in the research topics listed in "Responsibilities"

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/ CV to be uploaded under "Resume/CV"

2. Cover Letter to be uploaded under "Other documents 1-10"

3. Contact information of 3 references


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The MAE department has experienced significant growth over the past decade, with current enrollments of approximately 800 undergraduate and 100 graduate students and offers M.S. and PhD degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. The department currently has 17 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and 4 professors of practice, with additional part-time instructors from local industry and research institutions. Faculty research areas include fluid dynamics, flight mechanics, space dynamics, advanced materials, controls, and systems engineering with research expenditures in 2020 about $2.5M. Successful applicants may have opportunities to work closely with scientists and engineers from the USU Research Foundation Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), one of 14 Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) with annual revenues in excess of $200 million. Further, USU researchers also have access to the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) facilities and the Utah Water Lab. USU is the nearest PhD-granting institution in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering to the Idaho National Laboratory, and is also in close proximity to Hill Air Force Base and other defense related organizations.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


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Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

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U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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