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PhD position in Sustainable Structure or Construction Robotics
McGill University

Date Posted Sep. 11, 2022
Title PhD position in Sustainable Structure or Construction Robotics
University McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada
Department Civil Engineering
Application Deadline Jan. 15, 2023
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2023
  • Graduate Student
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Computer Science
    Civil Engineering

One funded Ph.D. position is available for Fall 2023 admission in the Sustainable and Autonomous Structure Lab directed by Prof. Yi Shao at McGill University. The application deadline is Jan 15, 2023. Application guidance can be found at The Ph.D. candidate will work on projects related to one of the following two research lines:

  1. Developing adaptable, resilient and sustainable concrete structures as well as related design codes. This topic requires strong passion in structural design, structural analysis, and hands-on lab work. This research line involves the development and application of advanced materials (e.g., UHPC and FRP) and advanced design tools (e.g., topology optimization and data-driven designs).
  2. Developing autonomous construction techniques to automate the construction industry. This topic requires strong background in mathematics and python as well as experience or passion in robotics, computer vision, or machine learning.


Our lab has a long history of developing design methods of UHPC structure and applying these methods to innovate existing structural systems. Our research team also collaborates with world-renown researchers in robotics and computer science from other top universities, such Stanford, Berkeley and Princeton.

Our team is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and dynamic educational environment. We support the unique dreams of each student. I strongly encourage female students or students from underrepresented or disadvantaged groups to apply.

About McGill

McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world (QS world rank: 27). With students coming to McGill from over 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. McGill locates at the downtown of Montreal, a beautiful, multicultural, and safe metropolitan. Montreal is ranked No.9 in the world’s best student cities (QS ranking). At McGill, you will meet the world’s brightest minds while experiencing amazing culture and food.

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