Job ID: 150234

Graduate Assistant in Dusty Plasmas and Chemical Physics (PhD track)

University of Memphis

  • Nov. 24, 2020
  • Graduate Assistant in Dusty Plasmas and Chemical Physics (PhD track)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Memphis
    Memphis, TN
  • Open until filled
  • Available Immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics

About the positions available
Highly motivated applicants are sought for 3 PhD student positions available immediately – Summer of Fall 2021. The selected candidates will work on research projects sponsored by the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation to pursue graduate research in the fields of dusty plasmas and chemical physics. Competitive monthly stipend (>$2000) will be offered along with full tuition waiver.

Details about the research projects
US NSF funded project on dusty plasmas:

US DOE funded project on dusty plasmas:…
A presentation of the research in these two projects by Prof. Gopalakrishnan:… funded project on chemical physics:…
About Prof. Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan
Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan is currently the UMRF Ventures Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Memphis since 2016. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India in 2008. He has done two postdoctoral stints at CalTech (2013-14) and Berkeley (2014-15) and worked as a Lecturer at The University of Iowa (2015-16). Dr. Gopalakrishnan’s research interests include particulate transport processes in aerosols, dusty plasmas, and ionized gases and has received ~$1.3M in funding from NSF and DOE including the DOE EARLY CAREER award for the year FY2020 from the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences for his project "Thermodynamics and Transport Models of Strongly Coupled Dusty Plasmas". He has authored 19 publications and supervised 4 MS, 1 PhD students towards graduation. Dr. Gopalakrishnan enjoys teaching thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and numerical methods at the undergraduate level and aerosol engineering at the graduate level. He frequently reviews articles for the Journal of Aerosol Science, Aerosol Science and Technology and is an Editorial Board Member of Nature Scientific Reports.
Official webpage:
Google Scholar page: background and experience
- The projects will be theoretical and computational in nature. Prior experience with programming is definitely preferred.
- Students with a MS degree and specialization in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Physics, Physical Chemistry may apply.
- Engineering students that have done masters in the area of thermal-fluid sciences need only apply; if you have a machine design/controls background, please do not apply.
- Students with only a BS degree will not be considered.

How to apply?
Interested applicants may contact Prof. Gopalakrishnan at . In the subject line, please state "Prospective PhD applicant" and include your
1) resume,
2) writing samples (publications or MS thesis),
3) names of 1 or 2 Professional References (that includes your MS thesis supervisor) who can comment about your scholastic abilities.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Memphis
    310D Engineering Science Building
    Memphis, TN 38152

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