One PhD Student


The Sustainable Infrastructure, Geotechnics, and Materials (SIGMa) Lab at Howard University invites applicants for a Ph.D. position in multiscale simulation and characterization of polymer composites starting August 2022. Highly motivated individuals with strong computational, machine learning, microscopy and communication skills are encouraged to apply.



  • Fabricating, testing, and characterizing 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/mechanical/materials engineering

  • Background in multiscale modeling and simulation of materials (molecular dynamics, finite element, ...) [required] and either or both of the following: microscopy, machine learning with Python

  • Strong writing skills

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


Admission Requirements


Compensation package and contact information

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


Contact information

Interested individuals are encouraged to send their current CV and the contact information of three references to Dr. Hessam Yazdani at by March 31, 2022. Please put “Prospective PhD student in SIGMa - 2022” 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.