Post-Doc: Light Weighting Structural Injection Molded Parts for the Automotive Industry - ON-256

Desired discipline(s): Engineering - mechanical, Engineering
Company: Axiom Group Inc
Project Length: Longer than 1 year
Preferred start date: 01/01/2020
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Aurora, ON, Canada
No. of positions: 1

About the company: 

Axiom Group Inc. is an international company comprised of three different business groups. The largest is an automotive injection moulding company which utilizes advanced engineering techniques to design and manufacture innovative solutions for the automotive OEMs and large Tier 1 suppliers. The next division is a tooling manufacturer which designs, builds and repairs tooling systems for the manufacturing industry. The last division is a business intelligence platform which utilizes data capture and visual management techniques to ensure optimized plant performance.

Please describe the project.: 

The post-doctoral fellow will work in Prof. Patrick Lee’s group at the University of Toronto for 2 years on the project.

The project is aiming to achieve the cellular morphology to maximize weight reduction (20-30%) without sacrificing (or even while enhancing) impact properties of the product. This high-performance and more environmentally-friendly automotive product will be developed with zero ozone depletion potential blowing agents to further improve the sustainability of our environment. Various parameters such as material choices, filler/fiber contents, mold designs, processing conditions and others will be investigated in detail. 

Required expertise/skills: 

Applicants should hold a PhD in mechanical/chemical engineering or Materials Science.  Knowledge and relevant experience in related fields are required. Experience with high pressure rheology is advantageous. Knowledge of the fundamentals of various polymer characterizations is desirable. Candidates should be highly motivated, with an interest in augmented reality as an evolving mainstream technology and industry.

Excellent communication skills, strong independent research skills, and sensitivity to industry partner direction are also required. The candidate will be expected to work independently, provide leadership to an interdisciplinary team of graduate students, and produce publishable results.