Postdoctoral Research Associate Position

The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) at Iowa State University invites applications for qualified postdoctoral research associate position(s) in the broad area of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.  Candidates with expertise in Data Science (machine learning and big data analytics), Advanced Manufacturing (process control/optimization and light-matter interaction/simulation), or Complex Cyberphysical Systems Engineering are preferred (are highly encouraged to apply).


  • An earned Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in proposal development.
  • Demonstrated experience in high impact scholarship.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborative skills.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral, in order to meet the needs of this position. The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team of administrative staff and research professionals.

Applicant Information

The duration of the position is expected to be one year and may be renewable based on performance and availability of funding.  The salary will be commensurate with the prior research experience of the applicant.  Successful applicants will be mentored for faculty careers. This position is available immediately.

Applications will be processed as they arrive until the position is closed.  Interested applicants should submit by email (1) a cover letter that summarizes prior research and teaching experience (2) a CV and (3) a list of three references to Krista Briley, kbriley@iastate.edu.

Contact:  Krista Briley, kbriley@iastate.edu, 515-294-0127.

The IMSE department has a history of excellence in advanced manufacturing, classical engineering statistics (including reliability, experimental design and analysis, statistical metrology, and process control), operations research and analytics, human factors and ergonomics, systems engineering and engineering management. It has collaborations in these areas across the Engineering College and University.

Iowa State University is a comprehensive, land grant, Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled. The College of Engineering comprises eight departments with 300+ faculty members and annual research expenditures exceeding $99 million. Iowa State’s nearly 2,000 acre, park-like campus is located in the progressive community of Ames, Iowa and was recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against.  Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515-294-7612, email eoofice@iastate.edu

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