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One PhD Student

 

The Sustainable Infrastructure, Geotechnics, and Materials (SIGMa) Lab at Howard University invites applicants for a Ph.D. position in computational geotechnics and multiscale simulation and characterization of polymer composites starting January 2023. Highly motivated individuals with strong computational, machine learning, microscopy, and communication skills are encouraged to apply.

 

Responsibilities

  • Fabricating, testing, and characterizing reinforced soil and polymer composite samples

  • Developing multiscale computational models

  • Publishing papers

  • Mentoring undergraduate research assistants

  • Participating in collaborative opportunities beyond the project

  • Collaborating on side projects

 

Required Qualifications 

  • A degree in civil engineering

  • Background in multiscale modeling and simulation of soils and materials (molecular dynamics, DEM, FEM, ...) [required], microscopy, machine learning with Python

  • Strong writing skills

  • Positive attitude, growth mindset, passion, tenacity, time management skills, willingness to learn new things

  • Minimum BS GPA: 3.2 

  • Minimum MS GPA: 3.5

 

Admission Requirements

https://gs.howard.edu/admissions/admission-requirements

 

Compensation package and contact information

Assistantships include a monthly stipend, tuition support, and health insurance.

 

Contact information

Interested individuals, who meet all the requirements listed above, are encouraged to send the following to Dr. Hessam Yazdani at hessam.yazdani@howard.edu by August 31, 2022:

  • current CV

  • contact information of three references

  • a statement verifying that you meet all the requirements listed above

 

 Please put “Prospective PhD student in SIGMa - 2023” in the subject line to avoid having your email inadvertently overlooked. NOTE: The review of applications could take up to a month. Please be patient and do not make follow-ups. You will be notified of the decision.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Paid URA positions are usually available in SIGMa. Strong willingness to learn independently, the ability to work as part of a collaborative team, and strong writing skills are required.
The selection process will be based on academic merit. Interested undergraduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Yazdani with a current CV.