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Electrical Materials for Harsh-Environment Sensors (Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant Position)


Project Description

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the West Virginia University anticipates filling a Ph.D. graduate research position to investigate the synthesis, processing and testing of high-temperature conductive ceramic and ceramic/metal composite materials for the application in harsh-environment sensors. These sensors will be demonstrated in applications such as turbine engines, energy conversion systems, and smart manufacturing/industrial processes. The project will be direct collaboration with researchers at the US Department of Energy. This appointment requires general knowledge of solid-state chemistry, and ceramic processing and properties. Projects will require the candidate to work both independently and within a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists. The position will include full university tuition and living stipend.

If interested in the position, then contact Dr. Edward M. Sabolsky, via email at

The position will start the Spring 2020 semester (January 13th, 2020); therefore, review of all applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

West Virginia University (WVU) is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. WVU is a comprehensive land grant institution with over 29,959 students in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. WVU has been recently ranked as one of the R1-Doctoral Universities in the US. This indicates that WVU is among a select group of universities in the US showing the highest research activity as described by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The MAE department has thirty-three faculty, offering B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.

Funding Notes

The project is funded through the US Department of Energy for 3 years starting in January 2020.

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