The MAE Department invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral researcher to work on a NASA-funded project, “New Materials and Applications for Improved Crew Safety during Human Exploration of Distant Surfaces”. This is part of a larger project, in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, titled “REVEALS: Radiation Effects on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces”. This research includes the following tasks:
Task 1: Development of Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites as Lightweight Materials for Spacesuits;
Task 2: Development of Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites and Regolith Grains as Shielding Material;
Task 3: Development of New Materials for Portable Real-Time Radiation Dosimetry;
Task 4: Integration of New Materials and Active Dosimetry for EVA and Surface Exploration Concepts
The successful applicant will join a UC Davis research team led by Profs. Valeria La Saponara and Stephen Robinson. The UC Davis will receive candidate materials for radiation protection and detection that have been developed under Tasks 1-3 by the Georgia Tech-led element of the REVEALS project. At UC Davis, Task 4 will be executed by characterizing these candidate materials for mechanical and radiation-transmission/ scattering properties, and evaluated for practical application to spacesuits, distant-surface mobility vehicles, and in-space human habitats.
The postdoctoral researcher will spend most of the first year travelling to 3 to 4 universities and NASA laboratories (2-3 months at each site) to gain expertise in the physics, engineering, and human health risks of space radiation beyond Low Earth Orbit, and in the chemistry and materials science aspects of the fabrication of novel materials. The second year will be spent at UC Davis applying this knowledge in the testing and application of novel materials for reducing radiation risks to humans in deep space.
As a member of a team of graduate student researchers, undergraduates, and staff members, the postdoctoral researcher will be assigned organizational, mentoring, communication, and reporting responsibilities within the project. The position is funded for two years, with a possibility for continuing support pending future funding success.
How To Apply:
For inquiries, please contact Prof. Valeria La Saponara at postdocREVEALS@ucdavis.edu.
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