Ph.D. research assistant positions with full financial support are available in the SIMU Lab. The admitted students are expected to work with Dr. Chengcheng Tao.


  • Master's degree in Civil Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Construction Management, or other closely related fields.
  • Strong background in mathematics/mechanics, solid programming skills
  • Students with publication records/research experience are preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and strong self-motivation
  • Interests in one or more of the following areas:

    • Computational construction materials (computational fluid dynamics of non-Newtonian fluids, multi-phase flow, heat transfer, multi-scale modeling, and finite element analysis)
    • Sustainable and resilient infrastructure to natural hazards
    • Artificial intelligence in civil engineering (optimization/machine learning algorithms)

Application Instruction:

Please email Dr. Chengcheng Tao at the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (describe your education, research experience, significant skills, publication records if any, etc.)
  • Cover letter (briefly describe your background and research interest)
  • Scanned copy of official GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores, undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Names and contact information of three references

Applications are open until positions are filled.

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