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Postdoc and Ph.D. -- Machine/deep learning and computer vision for structure engineering
Hunan University

Date Posted Jun. 12, 2020
Title Postdoc and Ph.D. -- Machine/deep learning and computer vision for structure engineering
University Hunan University
Changsha, Hunan, China
Department Civil Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date immediately
  • Graduate Student
    Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Transportation Engineering
    Sustainable Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Optics & Optical Engineering
    Ocean Engineering
    Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Mechanics
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science
    Civil Engineering
    Engineering - Other

Position: Full-time Postdoc, Ph.D. students, and Assistant professor
Location: Hunan University, Changsha, China
Application deadline: immediately available
Salary: 200K-400K Chinese Dollar ($30k-57k) per year

Multiple Postdoc and Ph.D. positions are immediately available at Professor Xuan (Sean) Kong’s research group in the College of Civil Engineering at Hunan University, China. Prof. Kong is actively looking for highly-motivated postdoc and Ph.D. students. Candidates with expertise in one of the following areas are encouraged to apply: machine/deep learning, computer vision, signal/image processing, smart and wireless sensing, structural modal identification/damage detection/ health monitoring/non-destructive evaluation in Civil /Mechanical /Aerospace /Electrical fields. The postdoc position is available immediately and the preferred start date of Ph.D. position is September 2020. Qualified candidates will receive a competitive salary and work on cutting-edge projects.

The successful candidate(s) will work on multi-disciplinary research in developing machine/deep learning and smart sensing methods to improve the safety and life of civil/bridge structures, specifically in the following research topics: (1) moving sensing based modal identification, damage detection, health monitoring and performance evaluation of bridge structures; (2) applying machine/deep learning and computer vision techniques to identify spatiotemporal and weight information of traffic vehicles, to characterize structure dynamic responses and modal information, and to track and manage overloaded vehicles; (3) bridge scour research including scour mechanism, fluid/wave-soil/particle-structure interaction, underwater detection and monitoring methods, countermeasures and rehabilitation materials/techniques.


  • The applicant must have completed a Ph.D. degree (for postdoc position) from a reputable university with background in Civil/Mechanical/Computer/Electrical engineering in a topic of relevance.
  • The applicant is expected to have a good record of publications and possess good verbal and written skills.
  • High motivation and interest in doing research
  • Honor the values of hardworking, innovative, and collaborative. The ability to work in an interdisciplinary research environment with collaboration spirit with other teammates, research groups, and industries.
  • Candidate in Civil/Structural Engineering, Computer or Electrical Engineering, or closely related fields with strong background and experience in Machine/Deep Learning, Computer Vision, smart and wireless sensing is preferred
  • For Post-doc, the candidate is better under 36 age.

Hunan University, originating from Yuelu Academy founded in 976 A.D., is the oldest institution in Chinese history, earning it the name "One-Thousand-Year-Old Institution". Hunan University is now a comprehensive and well-coordinated university featuring in engineering, science, liberal arts, and economics. In the new century, endowed with charming nature landscapes and a rich cultural heritage, Hunan University is striving to build itself into one of China’s first-class comprehensive, open and research universities with distinctive characteristics of Hunan Culture and considerable influence in the world. Hunan University is situated at the foot of the picturesque Yuelu Mountain in the historically and culturally renowned City of Changsha, capital of Hunan Province. The University has Graduate School and 23 colleges and departments. Hunan University is equipped with 2 state key laboratories, 2 national engineering technology research centers, one national-level international research center, one national-level international cooperation base, one state laboratory of engineering, one key discipline laboratory of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, 5 key laboratories of the Ministry of Education.

Prof. Xuan Kong is a full professor in the College of Civil Engineering at Hunan University, also the department chair of applied mechanics research center. He graduated with his Ph.D. degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2013. He was a structural engineer at SBM offshore USA and a project manager at Colorado Department of Transportation. He was also an adjunct instructor at Colorado School of Mines. His expertise is in structure dynamics, structural modal identification, damage detection and health monitoring, vehicle-bridge coupled vibration, and bridge scour monitoring. He has published more than 30 journal papers on highly-ranked journals, 3 books, 1 US patent and 5 Chinese patents. He is currently the associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, a reviewer for more than 20 journals. For more information, please refer to his webpage: or

How to apply:
If you are interested in joining us, please send to Prof. Xuan Kong ( a detailed resume/CV along with publications, a short statement explaining your motivation and research interests, and contact information of three referees.

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Contact Information

  • Sean Xuan Kong
    Civil Engineering
    Hunan University
    Changsha, Hunan 410082


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