Multiple Ph.D. positions with full scholarships are available in the Plasma and Combustion Research Laboratory (PCRL) starting from Spring 2022 in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department (MAE) at West Virginia University. The successful candidate will have access to world-class research facilities and work in a vibrant and dynamic research group with the focus on cutting-edge research on ignition, combustion, low temperature plasma and alternative fuels using laser-based advanced diagnostics. PCRL welcomes highly motivated and hard-working applicants interested in working on multidisciplinary projects in the areas of combustion, propulsion, and plasma physics experimentation.
A M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or other closely related discipline.
Outstanding academic records.
Satisfactory publication record as a first author in peer-reviewed journal papers.
Ability and high self-motivation to work productively and ethically, both independently and as part of a diverse team.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
Demonstrated experience in lab experimentation (e.g., data accusation, gas handling, working with tools, lab maintenance and safety).
Demonstrated experience with optical diagnostics for quantitative measurement of species concentration, temperature, pressure and/or velocity.
Experience with combustion at extreme conditions (i.e., high-pressure, high-temperature, high-velocity, and low fuel concentration).
Prior experience with laser calibration and tuning.
Experience with machining (cutting, milling, drilling, …).
Prior basic theoretical knowledge of quantum mechanics and laser spectroscopy.
Interested candidates are encouraged to complete the questionnaire here. You will be contacted for the next step (i.e., formal interview and other documents) if your experience and background match our requirements. If you have any questions about these positions, please contact Dr. Omid Askari at email
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