Undergraduate Researcher Position Available

  • Are you interested in the ways that engineering impacts the design and usefulness of tactile perception and communication, especially for assistive technology for blind students?
  • Are you currently a student in mechanical engineering?
  • Do you have a strong academic record and a curiosity to investigate new things?

A researcher is needed for our team investigating brain activity connected to touch and the feel of various surfaces.
This position has flexible hours and the chance to do groundbreaking research into a field that directly helps people.

Please contact Dr. Cris Schwartz (cris1@iastate.edu or 294.2866)

One PhD or MS position in Micro/Nanoscale Thermal Science Laboratory

One M.S. or Ph.D. position is available in the Micro/Nanoscale Thermal Science Laboratory (http://web.me.iastate.edu/wang) of Iowa State University to do research on federally funded project. The student will do research related to Raman spectroscopy, coatings, Labview, and optics. Strong background in Labview, materials, and optics will help a great deal with the project. The student must be highly motivated and self-disciplined. The position is in heat transfer area of Mechanical Engineering. The student must be U.S. citizen or permanent residence.

Please send vita that includes education, list of relevant classes, experiences, list of publications (if applied) and list of references to Prof. Xinwei Wang (xwang3@iastate.edu)

Three PhD positions in Engineering Mechanics program in mechanics and materials are available in Prof. Valery Levitas group

Three PhD positions are available at Iowa State University to perform work on federally funded projects on modeling stress-induced phase transformations, plasticity, and their interactions at nano-, micro-, and macroscales. Nano- and microscale phase-field approaches and macroscale large strain theories will be applied. FEM and/or spectral methods will be used. Strong background in continuum mechanics, computational mechanics, and mechanics of materials is expected. MS degree is required. Positions are in Engineering Mechanics program in Aerospace Engineering Department.

Please send vita that includes education, list of relevant classes, experience, list of publications, and references to Prof. Valery Levitas (vlevitas@iastate.edu).

Info about Prof. Levitas group can be found at



Postdoctoral Research Associate

Applications are invited for one Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Iowa State University. The research objective of this position is to develop advanced machine learning and failure prognostics to predict the reliability and lifetime of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery and/or other energy systems. The duration of the position is expected to be one year and may be renewable based on performance and availability of funding. The salary will be commensurate with the prior research experience of the applicant.


Candidates should have a recent Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline. Applicants with experience in i) machine learning and failure prognostics, and/or ii) battery management system (BMS) are highly encouraged to apply. Particularly, prior research experience in one or more of the following areas are desired:

  • Algorithm development for signal processing and machine learning
  • Algorithm development for reliability and lifetime modeling and failure prognostics
  • Equivalent circuit or electrochemical modeling of Li-ion cells, modules and packs
  • State-of-charge and state-of-health estimation of Li-ion cells, modules and packs

Applicant Information

The position is available immediately. Applications will be processed as they arrive until the position is closed. Interested applicants should submit by email (a) a cover letter that summarizes prior research experience, (b) a CV and (c) a list of two references, to Professor Chao Hu, chaohu@iastate.edu.


Dr. Chao Hu

Note to Prospective Employees

Applications are submitted electronically through the university’s employment opportunities Web site, located at www.iastatejobs.com, which is used to search for openings, create an application, and formally apply for a faculty position. Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.