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Multiple PhD Positions


The Sustainable Infrastructure, Geotechnics, and Materials (SIGMa) Lab at the University of Missouri, Columbia, invites applicants for multiple Ph.D. positions in computational geotechnics and multiscale mechanics of polymer nanocomposites starting spring 2024. Individuals meeting the following requirements and from underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.



  • 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 

  • Background in multiscale modeling and simulation of soils and materials (molecular dynamics, DEM, FEM, ...) [required], microscopy, and 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 who meet all the requirements listed above are encouraged to send the following to Dr. Hessam Yazdani at hyazdani*missouri** by September 30, 2023 (replace * with @ and ** with .edu):

  • current CV

  • contact information of three references

  • a short statement describing why you would be a good fit and verifying that you meet all the requirements listed above


 Please put “Prospective PhD student in SIGMa - Sp 2024” 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.

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