Ph.D. Position 1

StoStruct Research lab at Utah State University (USU) is seeking a motivated and curious Ph.D. student to work on improving seismic resiliency of the built environment using data-driven methods. The prospective Ph.D. student will explore topics in the intersection of earthquake engineering, data science, and building performance using an interdisciplinary approach. The position is fully-funded (including tuition, stipend, and fringes) and will remain open until filled. The expected start date is Fall 2022 or Spring 2023.

Minimum Qualification:

  • MS in civil engineering or a closely related field (Exemptions will be made for outstanding BS holders with research experience)
  • Working knowledge of a finite element software
  • Coding experience and strong quantitative skills
  • Research experience in the area of earthquake structural engineering.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualification:

  • Advanced coding skills in at least one of the followings: (a) Python, (b) C or C++, (c) MATLAB
  • Strong background in using OpenSees (preferred) or another finite element software in at least one of the following topics: (a) Unreinforced masonry buildings, (b) Steel or concrete buildings supplemented with fluid viscous dampers, (c) Steel or concrete buildings retrofitted with FRP, (d) Soil-structural interaction
  • Familiarity or prior experience in using high-performance computing
  • Familiarity with probabilistic methods
  • At least one scholarly publication in the area of seismic response of buildings (submitted or published)

If interested, please send an email with the title “Prospective Ph.D. student – Position 1” to Dr. Mohsen Esteghamati (mohsenzaker [at] vt [.edu]) , including the followings:

  • CV
  • Unofficial BS and MS transcripts
  • A short statement (1 pager or shorter) describing your relevant experience, how you can fit into this role, and your future academic/industry plans.

Note: Please note that due to the large number of emails I receive, I can only reply to those selected for further evaluations.