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Research Associate - Printing / Process Development

Palo Alto, CA | hardware research and engineering

Job Description

A current PhD student, M.S. student, or senior-level undergraduate in materials science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or a related discipline.

The Hardware Systems Laboratory at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) is seeking an exceptional student for a one year term research associate (RA) position to help accelerate the development of a novel co-extrusion manufacturing technology.  Utilizing different ink formulations, process methods and metrology tools, the RA will help characterize the printability and performance of structures fabricated with the PARC co-extrusion technology.  Co-extrusion has been used to produce functional structures for both electrochemical energy storage and photovoltaic applications. The RA will be expected to help advance and extend the co-extrusion technology for energy related applications.                                            

Responsibilities

RAs will gain experience in a diverse range of fields and have the opportunity to patent and publish papers. The successful candidate will have exceptional “hands-on” experimental skills in addition to a strong analytical background. The focus of this position will be on analyzing experimental results in detail, looking for trends to create process recommendations, optimizing printed structures, and assembling battery test cells.  Additional design and modeling work may also be involved depending on the candidate’s interests and skill set.

Requirements

  • Currently a senior-level undergraduate, MS, or PhD student enrolled in an academic program of study
  • Ability to work for 1 year
  • Background in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, and/or chemistry (Exceptional students in other related fields are still encouraged to apply)
  • Prior coursework and hands-on laboratory experience in printing processes, chemistry, materials science, electrochemistry and/or fluid mechanics

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to work independently
  • Basic competency with Solidworks, MS Excel, and Matlab
  • Experience with fluid characterization, rheology, and colloidal science

Benefits

We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, 401K). PARC employees enjoy the use of onsite health & fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria. The PARC campus is in a spacious modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley and benefits from nearby leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities (see http://www.parc.com/about/culture.html). PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see http://www.parc.com/about/careers/).

About PARC

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.

Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses.

PARC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or  belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply or compete for employment with Xerox should contact PARC Human Resources.

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