The Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) Lab at the University of Houston, led by Dr. Ruda Zhang, invites applications for two (2) PhD student positions in areas of data-driven engineering and uncertainty quantification. The expected start time is Fall 2022 (classes start on August 22, 2022) and may extend into Spring 2023. Applications are accepted until May 15, 2022; but late submissions may be considered. Interested students should fill out this Google form as soon as possible to expedite the screening process. Official applications must be submitted according to university guidelines.

Research projects will be determined based on student interests and background. Prospective students are encouraged to read the research overview. Some research topics of interest include:

  • digital twins for structural systems;
  • infrastructure health monitoring;
  • UQ for material systems;
  • deep learning tools designed for engineering;
  • quantitative sustainability and resilience;

The UQ Lab at UH welcomes members from diverse academic backgrounds. Preferred skills/experiences include:

  • coursework in mechanics, mathematics, or physics;
  • computer programming (Python, etc.);
  • research in engineering/computational mechanics, deep learning;
  • English presentation and writing;

Successful applicants will receive full tuition support and stipend for the duration of their study. Besides, the Lab will provide extra financial support for conferences, training workshops, and summer internships.

The University of Houston has seen tremendous momentum in recent years (https://www.uh.edu/50-in-5), and the College of Engineering is on its path to be Top 50 in the U.S. (https://www.egr.uh.edu/parameters/2021-fall/celebrating-80-years-looking-forward).

Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. It has a vibrant economy with energy, health care, and tech industries. The greater Houston area offers world-class arts and cultural activities, recreational facilities, and affordable housing. The State of Texas does not collect income tax.

The UQ Lab at UH is an inclusive team. We strongly encourage applications from women, under-represented groups, and minorities broadly defined. There are dedicated efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion both at the University of Houston (https://uh.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion) and at the College of Engineering (https://www.egr.uh.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion).

For inquiries regarding these positions, please email Dr. Ruda Zhang (ruda.zhang AT duke DOT edu), with the subject line “Prospective Graduate Student: {Your Name}”.