Ph.D. Position 2

StoStruct Research group ( at Utah State University (USU) is seeking a motivated and curious Ph.D. student to work on improving the seismic resiliency of the built environment using data-driven methods. The prospective Ph.D. student will explore topics at 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. Priority will be given to students that can start in Fall 2023.

Minimum Qualification:

  • MS in civil engineering (with a focus on structural or earthquake engineering)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent coding skills in Python and strong quantitative skills
  • Familiarity with earthquake engineering concepts, particularly ground motions, dynamic analysis, and seismic hazard analysis

Preferred Qualification:

  • Advanced coding skills using OpenSees or OpenSeesPy
  • Prior experience in using high-performance computing
  • Prior experience in working with large databases for data analysis
  • Familiarity with regional seismic assessment

Interested applicants can send an email with the title “Prospective Ph.D. student – Position 2” to Dr. Mohsen Esteghamati (, including the following: · CV · Your final GPA for BS and MS (No transcript is required at this stage) · Your TOEFL and GRE scores · A short cover letter (1 page) describing your relevant experience and background based on qualifications stated in the job posting (in your statement, please give an example of your data analysis projects and/or earthquake hazards or impact modeling)

Note: I understand it is very difficult to prepare a package, submit it, and not hear back. Please note that while I strive to reply back to all emails, if the number of applicants surpasses a manageable threshold, unfortunately, I cannot reply back to all emails. I will update my website when the position is filled.

About Utah State University: Utah State University (USU) is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, and is situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City.