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.
- 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
- 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:
- 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.