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PhD Graduate Research Assistant - Geotechnical Engineering
Villanova University

Date Posted Sep. 28, 2023
Title PhD Graduate Research Assistant - Geotechnical Engineering
University Villanova University
Villanova, PA, United States
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date January 2024
  • Graduate Student
  • Geotechnical
    Civil Engineering

A graduate research assistantship (GRA) is available for a Spring or Summer 2024 semester start date in geotechnical engineering at Villanova University. The topic of the research project is rockfall hazard monitoring. The research project will include aspects of LiDAR scanning, field testing, spatial analysis, and modelling.


The position is expected to be filled by a Ph.D. student. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the project’s experimental and modelling tasks, manage and mentor a team of undergraduate students, and present results of the work at national conferences. The GRA must work well independently and as part of a research team, and have excellent written and oral communication skills.


Applications should be emailed to Dr. Jonathan Hubler ( with the email subject line "Application for Geotechnical GRA Position". Application packages must include a curriculum vitae/resume and academic transcripts. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Villanova University is ranked in the top 60 of the nation’s best colleges and universities by US News & World Report in its 2023 "Best Colleges" rankings. The university is located 12 miles from Philadelphia along the historic Main Line. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission.

Additional information about the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Group at Villanova can be found here:

  • Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values. Villanova University is committed to providing leadership in the attainment of equal employment for all individuals. It is the policy and practice of Villanova University to recruit and select applicants on the basis of their qualifications and abilities. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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