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GRA positions

A graduate student’s principal objective is to earn a graduate degree. Appointment as a Graduate Research Associate (GRA) contributes to that objective by providing an apprenticeship experience along with financial support. This apprenticeship complements formal instruction and gives the student practical, personal experience that can be gained only by performing research activities.

GRA positions provide a number of benefits to the student:

  • Full payment of tuition and academic fees,
  • A monthly stipend typically provided on a 12 month cycle,
  • 85% payment of OSU Student Health Insurance premiums for the student,
  • Payment of computer technology fee as well as laboratory fees,
  • Payment of research-related expenses,
  • Travel costs for conference and research-related expenses may also be provided,
  • Total value of this package can be over $70,000 per year.
  • Further information about GRA appointments and benefits.

[Students are responsible for 15% of health insurance premiums as well as student-related fees. These fees total roughly $120 per month. This amount is payroll-deducted per monthly pay over the course of a four-month semester so that the student does not need to pay a large up-front fee each term.]

In exchange for these benefits the student serves on a research project available in the program. As part of the GRA agreement, the student agrees to assist his/her advisor with research work. This commitment comes to, on average, approximately 20 hours per week, though this may vary from time to time. The research project Principal Investigator will serve as the student's academic and research advisor. More about finding an advisor, below.

Please note: Since research carried out for a government and/or industrial organization is usually focused on a topic of concern to the funding source, we cannot guarantee that a student's area of interest will always match the available GRA positions for a given term.

The GRA position is our primary form of financial aid [more about financial aid in the MSE-WE department].

Current GRA openings

Provides number of openings, graduate program (MSE or WE), funding status, position description, and contact info for primary investigator(s). Due to the on-going nature of funding, this list will be updated as new openings become available. Please check back.

Sheikh Akbar

Contact: web & email | Phone: 614-292-6725 | Office: 295 Watts Hall

  • Professor, (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1985); Ceramic materials, energy applications, sensors.

1 MS, MSE, funding not yet confirmed

"Ultra-Harsh Environment YSZ Sensor for Hypersonic Testing Facilities" (in collaboration with industry partner)
Involves design and fabrication of YSZ-based sensors for simultaneous measurement of temperature and oxygen content at temperatures beyond 1200 C. The project also involves development of high temperature electrode materials to replace Pt. Typical materials project involving synthesis/fabrication, structural/microstructural characterization, measurement of electrical properties and data analysis.
US citizenship is required

Boian Alexandrov

Contact: web & email | Phone: 614-292-1735 | Office: 128 Edison Joining Technology Center

Research Associate Professor (Ph.D. Technical University of Sofia, 2001); physical/welding metallurgy of structural alloys; weldability evaluation; modeling of weld phenomena; weld failure analysis; advanced welding processes, additive manufacturing.

1 position--FILLED

"Thermal Shock and Thermal Fatigue Failure Mechanisms in High Temperature Corrosion Resistant Alloys" [Please contact Dr. Alexandrov for details on the project.]

Background: US Citizenship is a preference, could be a permanent resident. BS or MS in Materials Engineering or Welding Engineering 

 

Vicky Doan-Nguyen

Contact: web & email | Phone: 614-643-3465 | Office: 100 CEMAS

Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2015); Electrochemical energy storage Battery components; Sustainability; Advanced electron microscopy and X-ray scattering characterization techniques; Synthesis, characterization, and functional testing of novel materials for electrochemical energy storage applications and heterogeneous catalysis. [more about Dr. Doan-Nguyen's research]

1 PhD position, MSE, funding confirmed

"Synthesis of nanomaterials"
Please contact Prof. Doan-Nguyen for details.

 

Yunzhi Wang

Contact: web & email | Phone: 614-292-0682 | Office: 484 Watts Hall

Professor (Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1995); Phase transformation, plastic deformation, and microstructure – property relationship in structural (Ni-base superalloys and light alloys (Ti, Al, Mg), bulk metallic glass, etc.) and functional (shape memory alloys, ferroelectrics and ferromagnetics) materials.

1 PhD position, funding confirmed

Please contact Dr. Wang for details on this project.

Finding an advisor

For newly admitted students:

The MSE dept. does not assign new students to an advisor; instead, we ask that you meet with each of the faculty who have openings. The professor you work with will act as your academic and research advisor during your graduate studies at Ohio State.

Above, please find the list of available funded research positions. Please meet first with faculty who have openings in your area(s) of interest. If, after meeting with these professors, you do not have an advisor, please meet with the remaining faculty on the list who have openings and come to an agreement to work with one of these faculty. Important: You are required to find an advisor from the funded openings available in the department. This should occur during your first term of enrollment.

You are strongly encouraged to contact any faculty member above who shares your field of interest. Contacting the faculty prior to your arrival on campus can help speed your placement on a research project.

Every effort is made to match you with a project in your field of interest. However, we have only a few positions, each of which has a narrow research focus. Therefore, you may find that the area of research you will be working in is not an exact match with your interests.

When you have found an advisor, inform the department Human Resources Officer in 176 Watts Hall and Mark Cooper in 143 Fontana Lab.