Advanced Manufacturing through Energetic Composites and Inter-metallic Multilayers


Position: One Post-doc Research Associate, for 1+ years, co-supervised by Professor John Wen and Professor Norman Zhou
Employer: University of Waterloo, Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Work location: Waterloo, ON, Canada
Starting date: Summer/Fall 2015


Advanced manufacturing technologies such as micro-joining and welding can be achieved through the utilization of the reaction enthalpy generated from the alloying of inter-metallic layers with the thickness of hundreds of nanometers to micrometers. We develop such technologies for micromechanical sensors and microelectronic devices with close collaborations with industrial partners.


  • Fabrication of inter-metallic multilayers using sputtering techniques
  • Characterize the microstructures and thermal/chemical properties of the derived layers
  • Investigate phase change and energy transport during energetic reactions
  • Evaluate and optimise the joining characteristics
  • Explore other novel fabrication methods from the bottom up
  • Develop the micro-joining technology for MEMS components and devices


  • A PhD degree in materials, physics or mechanical (MEMS or advanced manufacturing) engineering. Exceptional candidates with other related background will be considered.
  • Hands-on experience with sputtering, MEMS fabrication and material characterization (including XRD, FT-IR, TGA/DSC, SEM, etc).
  • Canadians citizens and permanent residents have priority but are not a requirement.
  • Provide your CV and a research statement for full consideration (preferably through e-mail to both supervisors).


Professor John Wen cc Prof. Norman Zhou
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo N2L 3G1  Ontario

Dr. John Wen,
Dr. Norman Zhou,