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Ph.D. Position in Sustainable Construction Materials at Arizona State University for Fall 23/ Sp 24
Arizona State University

Date Posted May 26, 2023
Title Ph.D. Position in Sustainable Construction Materials at Arizona State University for Fall 23/ Sp 24
University Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ, United States
Department School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Transportation Engineering
    Sustainable Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Civil Engineering

Join an interdisciplinary research team at Arizona State University (ASU) and contribute to the development of sustainable solutions for the structural and transportation infrastructure. ASU's Damage in Materials and Structures (DaMS) Lab is currently seeking a highly motivated and qualified doctoral student to work on an exciting project focused on sustainable construction materials.

About the Project:

As a doctoral graduate student, you will be involved in cutting-edge research aimed at creating and characterizing biobased materials to solve longstanding challenges in transportation infrastructure. The project will require you to utilize principles of material science, mechanics, data science, and sustainability to detect, characterize, model, and mitigate damage in structures. Interested students are encouraged to go through the following journal articles.

  • Jalal, Asif, and Ravi Kiran. Quantifying the water donation potential of commercial and corn starch hydrogels in a cementitious matrix. Journal of Materials Research and Technology 24 (2023): 4336-4352.
  • Sajid, H. U., Kiran, R., & Bajwa, D. S. (2022). Soy-protein and corn-derived polyol-based coatings for corrosion mitigation in reinforced concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 319, 126056.
  • Sajid, H. U., Kiran, R., & Bajwa, D. S. (2021). Effect of agro-derived corrosion inhibitors on the properties of Portland cement mortar. Construction and Building Materials, 310, 125236.

About You:

The ideal candidate should have a liking for the research topic and a strong background and interest in material science, experimental methods, statistics, concrete technology, and sustainability. A master's degree in civil, mechanical, or material science is preferred but not required. Previous research experience in a relevant field and journal or conference publications are a definite plus. Candidates from underrepresented groups in engineering are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Why ASU:

ASU is known for its commitment to innovation, research, and sustainability. By joining the DaMS Lab at ASU, you will have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, collaborate with interdisciplinary research teams, and contribute to impactful projects that address pressing global challenges. ASU offers competitive funding packages and comprehensive support for doctoral students, providing an exceptional environment for learning, personal growth, and professional development. ASU rankings can be found here:, ASU engineering rankings are here:

How to Apply:

Candidates interested in sustainable construction materials should email (with the subject line: Ph.D. Application: sustainable materials) to their full CV (education, GRE, Toefl/IELTS test scores, list of journal/ conference publications (if any), list of 3 professional references), unofficial BS and MS transcripts along with their earliest available date. If shortlisted, further instructions will be emailed. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

  • ASU promotes equal opportunity through affirmative action in employment and educational programs and activities. Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and qualified veteran status.

    Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring, promotion, termination, compensation, benefits, transfers, university-sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs.

    ASU's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion supports and fosters a culture of inclusiveness. We promote and assist with equal opportunity and diversity initiatives. We also provide university leadership and hiring officials with clear and accessible employment data, timely and effective consultation and high-impact training. 

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Contact Information

  • Ravi Kiran Yellavajjala
    School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
    Arizona State University
    Tempe, AZ


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