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Job ID: 158236

Graduate Research Assistant
Virginia Tech

Date Posted May 3, 2021
Title Graduate Research Assistant
University Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, United States
Department Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Engineering - Other
    Mechanical Engineering

A PhD position in the area of experimental corrosion/electrochemistry and corrosion fatigue of conventional and additive manufactured alloys is available in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech. Candidates should be strongly self-motivated individuals possessing an MS degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials science and engineering, or other closely related disciplines, and have demonstrated extensive experience in relevant research areas.

The PhD student is expected to conduct corrosion tests using electrochemical techniques, fatigue testing under an aqueous environment, and characterize the microstructures of the materials using advanced techniques. This position will be fully supported for their tuition, stipend, and student insurance.

Please send your CV to Dr. Yao Fu by email (, which should include the GPA of your BS and MS, publication list, reference list, and the test (GRE and TOEFL) scores. International applicants need to satisfy the minimum requirements for graduate school admission at VT (TOFEL and GRE score).

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering ( includes 42 faculty members overseeing more than $12M in annual research expenditures, with approximately 250 full-time graduate students and 700 undergraduate students. The Aerospace engineering undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked 15th and 13th, respectively, in the nation (2021 U.S. News and World Report). Our online master’s program in Aerospace engineering is ranked #1 (2020 Guide to Online Schools) and The Center for World University Rankings (2017) ranks the Aerospace engineering program at #5. The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 13th and the graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.

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