Fully funded PhD student positions on the physics of Earth's near-surface processes and geohazards

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Houston, TEXAS

Fully funded Ph.D. student positions are available in the Ferdowsi Research Laboratory within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston (UH). Positions are available with start date as early as Spring 2022 and Fall 2022. Some of our active research areas include experimental and computational mechanics of earth materials, rheology of earth materials, granular mechanics, physics-based modeling and quantitative studies of earth's near-surface processes and hazards. Applications are welcomed from students with bachelor's or master's degree in Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Geophysics, Physics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related fields. A strong background or a strong interest in granular physics, solid mechanics, and/or fluid mechanics is helpful. Some experience in either

  • computer programming 
  • high performance computing
  • discrete element method, molecular dynamics or atomistic simulations
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • experimental investigation for rheology of soft materials and complex fluids
  • soil and sediment mechanics, mechanics of sediment transport
  • rock friction and deformation experiments

is a plus. Research projects will be designed in collaboration with students and will be motivated by their interests and career goals, within the general research areas of the laboratory. There are also opportunities for collaboration with researchers and faculty at the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM, ncalm.cive.uh.edu ) at UH, which can connect laboratory-scale studies to geological-scale and remote sensing observations. The interested candidates are encouraged to (i) fill out the application form below, and (ii) apply to the Ph.D. programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston:

Application Form: https://forms.gle/CHgZR8zbNpBDt9EW7

Information about the Ph.D. program admission: http://www.cive.uh.edu/admissions/civil-engineering

Please note that a TOEFL/IELTS score that meets the criteria set by the UH graduate school is required for admission. A GRE score is not required for Spring/Fall 2022 admission. Please reach out to the Lab PI Dr. Behrooz Ferdowsi at bferdowsi@uh.edu  if you have any questions. 

More information about Ferdowsi Research Laboratory can be found on the lab website:

More information about the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston is available on the department website: http://www.cive.uh.edu

We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of groups that are underrepresented in science and engineering. The University of Houston embraces diversity and recognizes our responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work and serve: uh.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion/

Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

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