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Job ID: 152505

PhD Research Assistantship
University of Kansas

Date Posted Jan. 7, 2021
Title PhD Research Assistantship
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Aerospace Engineering Department
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 15, 2021
  • Graduate Student
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Mechanics
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Science

We have two Ph.D. research assistant openings (salary and full tuition waiver) in Fall 2021 on sensing, estimation, and control of extreme unmanned aircraft systems in the research group of Associate Prof. Haiyang Chao in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Kansas ( The successful candidates will work on developing nextGen autonomous aerospace vehicles to operate in challenging extreme environments (e.g. wildfire, urban cities, or in wake vortices).

Potential research topics include:
(1) wind and turbulence sensing and estimation using single or multiple unmanned aircraft,
(2) modeling of turbulence effect on aircraft motion and gust suppression control,
(3) UAS based disaster remote sensing and in-situ sensing (e.g., wildfire, tornado/hail damage).

Plz visit the following link for our former flight test results:…

Applicants should hold a B.S. or M.S. degree in related fields (Aerospace Eng., Electrical Eng., Mechanical Eng., Computer Science, Math). Students with experiences on Remote Controlled (RC) airplanes and Paparazzi /Pixhawk autopilot are especially welcomed to apply.

Please apply through the KU AE graduate admission link ( or contact Associate Professor Haiyang Chao ( for initial evaluation with (1) "2021 PhD Application" in the title, (2) A paragraph in the main body of the email to summarize your related research experiences and your motivation to get a Ph.D. in our group, (3) Detailed CV, (4) TOEFL scores if you are an international student (GRE is NOT required for KU AE graduate admission).

The KU Aerospace Engineering Program is ranked at 37th nationwide according to the U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, 2018 issue. Kansas hosts aerospace corporations including Textron Aviation (Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker aircraft), bombardier Learjet, Spirit AeroSystems, Garmin, and AeroEnvironment.

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Contact Information

  • Haiyang Chao
    Aerospace Engineering Department
    University of Kansas
    2120 W 15th St
    Lawrence, KS 66045


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