Utah State University

Postdoctoral Researcher

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 5 months ago(6/9/2021 7:03 PM)
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Research (non-Faculty)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Engineering
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits


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 honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


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.


Notice of Non-discrimination

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

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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.


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