Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)
Machine Systems Lab
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, The University of California, Davis
Location: The University of California, Davis.
Description: The Machine Systems Lab (UC Davis) is seeking a graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) to conduct research if field of agricultural machine systems. The potential projects include (but are not limited to):
• Developing autonomous vehicles for experimental simulation of rollover tests
• Designing, manufacturing, and evaluation of roll bar performance in rollover accidents (theoretical modeling with Finite Element Analysis and experimental test);
• Developing agricultural machinery tracking system and an accident detection module
• Capabilities and limitations of youth operating agricultural vehicles
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a B.S. or higher degree in Agricultural Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or closely related fields; should have strong written and oral English skills; will be willing to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students to conduct lab research and the desire for fieldwork. Additional highly desirable qualifications that applicants can address in the statement of purpose include experience in machine design and analysis, mechanism design, 3D modeling software (such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, etc. ...), finite element analysis, experience working with electronics, coding experience, working with embedded systems, strong organizational skills, ability and self-motivation to work independently while accomplishing high quality tasks in a timely fashion.
Opportunities for outreach, and travel to professional meetings will be available.
Closing Date: Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until filled. Applicants may have the opportunity to undertake summer hourly employment prior to Fall 2020 quarter enrollment.
Contact: Please contact Dr. Farzaneh Khorsandi if interested in this opportunity.
Application: Applicants will need to prepare a statement of purpose, C.V., personal history and diversity statement, and contact information for three references that will be a part of their online application. Information about acceptance into the graduate studies at the University of California, Davis can be found at: www.grad.ucdavis.edu
The University of California Davis is a public research university and land-grant University as well as one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system, with enrollment of over 37,400 students.
Davis California is a city west of Sacramento, in California. It's home to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame, which has a collection of antique bikes and trophies. To the southwest, the UC Davis Arboretum features acres of gardens, with trails and a lake. Locally grown produce is sold at the Davis Farmers Market.