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University of Connecticut School of Engineering Damage Modeling and Disaster Mitigation Laboratory (DM2)


Regular Opening Positions for Research Assistants

Our research group keeps looking for talented and self-motivated graduate research assistants to join in pursuing their Ph.D. and M.S. degrees within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Connecticut. Undergraduate research assistants are also welcome to participate our research acitivities.

The following areas of concentration are provided in our group:

1) Structural Engineering (MS, Ph.D.); 
2) Applied Mechanics (Ph.D.);  
3) Environmental Engineering (MS, Ph.D.).; 

The research topic in Dr. Zhang's lab is interdisciplinary by nature, spanning over structural dynamics, fluid mechanics, finite element analysis, solid mechanics, and structural reliability. The students will be guided to identify a research topic most suitable to the student’s academic interests and background.

The general admission requirements for UConn (TOEFL, GRE, GPA, etc.) are here and for the CEE Department are here

Research background related to the following areas are preferred: 

1) Structural dynamics, random vibrations; 
2) Wind/Ocean/Coastal engineering ; 
3) Fatigue and fracture of materials and structures; 
4) Statistics and mathematical modeling, reliability and risk assessment. 

Recently, candidats with the following background and experiences are encouraged to apply:

1) Fracture mechanics, XFEM, Continuoum Damage Mechanics
2) Ocean dynamics, hydrodynamics, fluid-structure interactions

The following experiences are prefered: Abaqus, ANSYS(Mechanical, FLUENT, AQWA), Opensees, C++, Matlab

Students in our Ph.D. program are expected to complete 24 credits of graduate course work beyond the master’s degree or 45 credits beyond the baccalaureate. It typically requires 3 years beyond the master degree to complete these requirements. Candidates will have obtained overall GPA of 3.5 or higher for admission to our Ph.D. program. The detailed information could be found here.

The stipend for the students in the graduate programs starts over $20K for 12 months. In addition, they also recieve a tuition waiver and health benefits.

For interested and qualified students, please send your CV directly to Dr. Zhang Email here (delete my initials).