Graduate Research Assistant for PhD in Engineering

Job Title:                     Graduate Research Assistant for PhD in Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering & Construction Engineering Management
California State University, Long Beach

Location:                    Long Beach, California

Hours:                         20 hours per week

Opening Date:             May 18, 2023

Closing Date:              June 08, 2023

Supervisor:                 Dr. Amr M. Morsy

Job Purpose:               You will be responsible for numerical modeling of long-term performance of a range of geotechnical infrastructure assets.

Job Duties:                  You will be responsible for the following:

  • Work effectively with a diverse research team.
  • Conduct soil characterization tests.
  • Develop and run numerical models to simulate the long-term deterioration mechanisms in geotechnical infrastructure assets.
  • Develop deterioration models to forecast the service life of infrastructure.
  • Write scientific reports.

Person Specifications: The essential criteria in the following list must be met.

  • [Essential] Exceptionally motivated.
  • [Essential] Exceptionally organized.
  • [Essential] Obtained (or expected to obtain) a Master’s degree in civil engineering or closely related field.
  • [Essential] Strong background in geotechnical engineering.
  • [Essential] Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • [Essential] Willingness to undertake appropriate further training and to adopt new procedures as and when required. 
  • [Desirable] Knowledge of numerical modeling in civil engineering.
  • [Desirable] Knowledge of programming.

Compensation:            This assistantship will cover your tuition fees and pay a monthly stipend at the university rates and as commensurate with the person’s qualifications. The funding is available for 1 year starting June 1st, 2023, with potential extension based on funding availability and satisfactory performance.

How to Apply:             Your application package should include the following:

  • A letter of interest (not to exceed 2 pages) communicating your interest in the research topic and the alignment of this opportunity with your career aspirations and goals. The letter should also address how you meet the person specifications.
  • A copy of your non-official transcript.
  • A detailed CV (no page limit).
  • Three letters of recommendations.


Send your application as a single PDF file via email to Dr. Amr Morsy at