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Open Graduate Assistant Positions

Eco Car

There is currently a position available for Engineering Manager or Vehicle Systems Lead with the WVU EcoCAR team. Help the WVU Statler College sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition team continue the success achieved in EcoCAR 3 as a Graduate Research Assistant. If interested, please contact Dr. Andrew Nix for more information about the position.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne), General Motors (GM) and MathWorks (MW) will sponsor the next AVTC series to explore emerging, innovative technologies that may hold the promise to increased energy efficiency. Managed by Argonne, the next series will explore developing connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies and implement advanced electric and combustion vehicle technologies to increase vehicle efficiency.

The goal of EcoCAR is to provide a hands-on, real-world experience for the next generation of engineers and business leaders, with emphasis on practical expertise in electrification and autonomous controls, automotive mechatronics, connected and automated vehicle technologies, and other critical engineering disciplines.

University teams will be challenged to investigate innovative CAV technologies and implement advanced propulsion systems to maximize vehicle efficiency for the emerging  Mobility as a Service (MaaS), shared-mobility vehicle market. Using a 2018 production, mid-size SUV as a platform, each team will design and engineer a MaaS vehicle that will meet their own customer market specifications and then go head-to-head against other teams at an end-of-year competition.

University teams will design and engineer energy-efficient vehicles for the MaaS shared-mobility vehicle market that:

  • Integrate hybrid propulsion systems that enable significant improvements in energy efficiency for the MaaS market
  • Deploy CAV technologies to meet energy efficiency goals and MaaS market needs
  • Balance energy efficiency needs with the consumer acceptability, safety and cost considerations unique to the MaaS market

Mechanics of Materials

Multiple graduate research assistant (GRA) positions at the MS and Ph.D. levels are available in Dr. Papanikolaou’s research group at West Virginia University. Strong interest and aptitude is required for the candidate to develop analytical, computational and experimental skills in advanced statistical methods and high-performance simulations on mechanics of materials with particular focus on open-source custom software and Python. Proficiency is required in a computer language such as Python, C, C++, Fortran. Basic knowledge and skill in Abaqus, ANSYS or/and COMSOL would be appreciated. Self-motivated and hard-working attitudes are prized.

Research topics focus on the theory and application of statistical methods towards the theoretical and computational modeling of the mechanical behavior and microstructure of materials using high-throughput data science and modeling. All projects rely heavily on high-performance simulations, particularly discrete dislocation dynamics, continuum crystal plasticity, and damage simulations. Specific research projects include the fundamentals of nanoindentation and fatigue life prediction.

Prospective students should hold a bachelor’s or/and master’s degree in physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, materials science, or related disciplines.

Interested candidates should apply online to WVU, selecting the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. For additional information contact  Dr. Stefanos Papanikolaou

Application deadline: Open until filled

Position start date: Available immediately

Website accepting online applications:  WVU Graduate Education.

Robotics, Satellites, and UAV

Multiple graduate research assistant (GRA) positions at the MS and Ph.D. levels are available in Dr. Gross’ research group, the  Navigation Lab, at West Virginia University. Candidates should have strong interests and demonstrated track record in the areas of dynamics, control, estimation, tracking, autonomous navigation, systems integration, and/or sensor fusion. Successful candidates must also be excellent programmers (e.g., Matlab, C++, python). Self-motivated and hard-working attitudes are prized.

Research project involve the applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems, Robotics, and Small Satellites and topics will focus on the theory and application of robust probabilistic methods for: localization, path planning, and autonomous operation. All projects rely heavily on both simulation and real-world field-testing. Specific research projects include cooperative navigation for UAS in underground caves/tunnels, real-time terra-mechanics estimation for planetary rovers, and small satellite autonomous relative navigation for satellite servicing. For more details on projects, candidates should visit

Prospective students should hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer science, computer engineering, automatic controls, mechatronics, applied mathematics, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, or related disciplines.

Interested candidates should apply online to  Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

US citizenship or green card may be required for some positions.

Application deadline: Open until filled.

Position start date: Available immediately.

For additional information contact  Jason Gross, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.