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PostDoc, Thermoacoustic System Development

Hardware Research and Engineering | Palo Alto, CA | Full Time and Temporary

Job Description

Independent, motivated scientist with PhD-level experience in thermodynamics , heat transfer, thermoacoustics, and experimental methods.


PARC is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for the Hardware Systems Lab. The successful candidate will be an outstanding experimental researcher supporting a thermoacoustics project in the Energy Systems Group. This position will include:

  •     Physical modeling and model-based optimization
  •     Designing and building components of a thermal system, such as heat exchangers
  •     Designing and running experiments
  •     Designing mechanical systems


    PhD or equivalent experience in experimental physics, mechanical engineering, or a related field
    Experience in design and/or testing of macroscopic thermal systems, preferably Stirling or thermoacoustic systems
    Ability to quickly learn new physics and apply skills to a new field
    Comfortable working with wave equations and other similar differential equations
    Independent and highly-motivated with hands-on skills
    Excellent communication and written skills
    Experience with hands-on laboratory work, experimental problem-solving, data-acquisition and analysis
    Some familiarity with fluid dynamics

Desired Experience:

  •     Familiarity with some physics modeling package such as Comsol
  •     Familiarity with some computer language (C, C++, Java, Python, etc)
  •     Experience with high-pressure systems
  •     Experience in designing heat exchangers
  •     Experience with electronics
  •     Experience with kW-scale electrical systems
  •     Experience with Solidworks
  •     Experience with Delta-E


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 PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see

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.