Job ID: 131946

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Oct. 21, 2019
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL
  • Feb. 29, 2020
  • Available Immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Structural Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Civil Engineering

M.Sc./Ph.D. positions are available in the broad area of structural engineering with emphasis on the development of a new generation of materials and civil infrastructural systems. Successful candidates will be hired as Graduate Assistants to work as a member of a research group at the department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB). The research will be focused on one or more of inter-disciplinary topics such as: (a) development and characterization of innovative, sustainable and smart materials, (b) development and investigation of smart infrastructural and structural systems, © additive manufacturing, (d) structural health monitoring using advanced technologies, and (e) development of decision-making systems.

Candidates are expected to have a B.Sc./M.Sc. degree in one of the following fields: civil (structures), mechanical, material science, computer science or any other relevant engineering discipline. A successful candidate should have a strong background in at least two of the following areas: mechanics, statics, numerical methods and experimental techniques. The candidate should be comfortable with the use of programming and statistical languages such as: Fortran, C/C++, C#, Visual Basic, Torch, Java, G-Code, Python, MATLAB and R-language. Experience in developing numerical models and computational algorithms using parallel computing is favored. Candidates with backgrounds in machine learning, finite element methods and manufacturing of materials/alloys/FRPs are encouraged to apply. Evidence of good research records such as: journal publications, conference papers and presentations, may outweigh the background of the candidates.

Interested candidates should email their application package with a subject line "Graduate Applicant" to Dr. Muhammad Sherif, The application package should include:
Curriculum Vitae (CV) including Education, awards/honors, GRE, TOEFL test scores, list of journal/conference publications.
Copies of transcripts.
List of 3 to 5 professional references.

  • Reaffirmation of Equal Opportunity and the Prevention of Discriminatory Harassment Policy by President Ray L. Watts (Issued 11/8/11; Reissued September 2018)

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) remains fully committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination and the prevention of unlawful harassment in employment, education and the participation in university programs. We have long embraced diversity and equal opportunity as core values that encourage the type of supportive environment and campus community that allows faculty, staff, and students to excel and reach their fullest potential. We maintain and promote these values not only because they are right and equitable, but also because they are integral to achieving our institutional goals, our mission, and our vision to be one of the most dynamic and productive universities-and the preferred academic medical center-of the 21st century.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Muhammad M. Sherif
    Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, AL 35294
  • 2059348436

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