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Job ID: 119582

Graduate Research Assistant
Penn State University

Date Posted Feb. 11, 2019
Title Graduate Research Assistant
University Penn State University
University Park, PA, United States
Department Architectural Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2019
  • Graduate Student
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Energy Technology
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science
    Construction Engineering/Management
    Civil Engineering
    Engineering - Other

The Department of Architectural Engineering (AE) at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA) invites applications for graduate research assistantships/fellowships to conduct research on the development of safe, manageable, automated, robot-integrated, and trackable construction sites and built environment at the SMART Lab. The SMART, Human-centered research group at Pennsylvania State University is committed to (1) conducting cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research on automation and robotics in the construction industry using low-cost sensing technologies, as well as applying advanced signal processing and machine-learning methods to various critical problems; (2) providing high-quality education to create a creative, rigorous, multidisciplinary and cross-cultural educational environment for students; and (3) offering technological advancements that can benefit the industry. Particularly, SMART is interested in promoting safe construction sites and productive and healthy workers through interactive uses of automatic data acquisition, simulation tools, and data analysis via signal processing and machine-learning algorithms. SMART envisions safe, manageable, automated, robot-integrated, trackable, connected construction sites, built environments, and smart cities to enhance construction workers, users of the infrastructure, and citizen health, productivity, and safety. To help achieve these aims, SMART will pursue five main research directions:

R1. Wearable, sensor-based, worker-centric, cyber-physical systems for automatic hazard detection and health monitoring at construction sites.
R2. Automatic, noninvasive, continuous measurement of construction workers’ and building occupants’ heat stress and dehydration using physiological responses.
R3. Physiological-signal crowdsensing to enhance the livability of smart and connected cities.
R4. An effective training platform for enhancing workers’ cognitive function under various job stressors by combining Augmented Reality (AR) with the Electroencephalogram (EEG).
R5. A Brain-computer Interface (BCI) for human-robot collaboration (HRC) in the field.

Assistantships/Fellowships are available beginning August 2019. To receive full consideration, applications should be received March 15th. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Applicants should hold a bachelor or master’s degree in architectural engineering or a closely related engineering or science discipline such as mechanical or civil engineering. Applications should include: full resume, statement of intent, contact information for three references, official GRE scores, and TOEFL/IELTS scores (for International applicants). Please choose one of the topics noted above, or a closely related area of research, and designate it in your statement of intent. For more information about the department and to apply please visit –

Process inquiries can be directed to Richelle Weiger, Graduate Program and Placement Coordinator, Department of Architectural Engineering at

  • Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Richelle Weiger
    Architectural Engineering
    Penn State University
    104 Engineering Unit a
    University Park, PA 16802
  • 814-865-6664


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