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PhD Graduate Student Position (Assistantship)
The University of Alabama

Date Posted Dec. 1, 2021
Title PhD Graduate Student Position (Assistantship)
University The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Electrical and/or Electronics

Pending availability of funds, Graduate Assistant Positions starting in Fall 2022 may be available at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama (

The department houses several research centers and many laboratories. Our active faculty mentor PhD students in research at the forefront of the field. The research areas in the department include:

Devices And Materials
This research area is focused on fundamental and applied research on materials and devices. Active research includes magnetic materials for electromagnetic devices in electric machines; synthesis of nanomaterials for electronic and photonic nanodevices; oxide materials for MEMS piezoelectric and multiferroic sensors/actuators. A group of ECE faculty work on a broad spectrum of solid-state devices, including solar cells, sensors, and terahertz (THz) biomedical imaging.

Electromechanical and Energy Systems
This research area focuses on the design, development, and control of electrical systems and combined electrical and mechanical systems. On the electrical system side, research activities include Electric Power and Energy Systems and Power Electronics with modern applications covering renewable energy systems, microgrids, vehicle grid integration, smart grid, energy internet, etc. Within the sub-discipline of power electronics, several faculty are involved in design and optimization of high-performance converters utilizing emerging wide-bandgap semiconductor technology including Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) devices. Management and mitigation of electromagnetic interference (EMI) in high-frequency SiC and GaN converter systems is also an active area of research within the department. On the integrated electrical and mechanical system side, research activities include Electric Machines, Energy Conversion, and Motion Control Systems with modern applications covering electric vehicles, wind energy conversion, smart homes and buildings, process automation, robotics, etc.

Embedded Systems
This research area is focused on computing systems in all aspects and applications. Active research by the UA ECE faculty includes robotics, intelligent sensors, computer vision, machine learning and deep learning, wearable sensors, security and privacy in computing systems, intelligent wireless communications and networks, big data, tele-healthcare, systems-on-chip, virtual reality, IoT devices, biosensors, implantable devices, and autonomous driving, flying, and underwater vehicles. The research area also covers embedded system hardware (microcontrollers and FPGAs), digital signal/image processing, real-time systems, and biomedical applications of computing devices.

Electromagnetics involves solving Maxwell’s four equations and is the underpinning of the electromagnetic device and system design. Maxwell’s equations describe the law of electricity and magnetism. Electromagnetics applies the four equations to electromagnetic device performance analysis. Microwave communications, radio propagation in antennas, microwave millimeter engineering, remote sensing, and object imaging are based on electromagnetics’ dynamic field.

The candidates with expertise and research interests matching those listed above. Application guidelines, document requirements (GRE, TOEFL, etc.) and deadlines all can be found on the Graduate School website, including international admission requirements. The assistantships cover a yearly stipend, tuition and health insurance. These positions may potentially lead to a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

A little bit of information about our campus: founded in 1831, The University of Alabama is a Carnegie Tier 1 research institution. Our 4+ square kilometer campus, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is not only beautiful but boasts facilities second to none – research laboratories, collaborative study space, and high-tech classrooms and workspaces. In addition to the academic support services provided by the University, we offer an array of programs and services to encourage both academic and personal success.

  • The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Employer.

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Contact Information

  • Edward Sazonov
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    The University of Alabama
    342 HM Comer Hall
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
  • 2053481981


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