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PhD Students - 2023


I am not recruiting any more PhD students for Fall 2023 but there may be openings for Fall 2024. If you want to work with me, please get in touch from October 2023 onwards.

The Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) Lab at the University of Houston (UH), led by Dr. Ruda Zhang, invites applications for two (2) PhD student positions in areas of data-driven engineering and uncertainty quantification. The expected start time is Fall 2023 (classes start on August 21, 2023) and may be as early as Summer 2023. Applications are accepted until May 15, 2023; priority deadline is March 15, 2023. Interested students should fill out as soon as possible this online form to expedite the screening process. Official applications must be submitted according to university guidelines.

Research projects will be determined based on student background and interests. Prospective students are encouraged to read the research overview. Some research topics of interest include:

  • digital twins for structural systems;
  • deep learning tools designed for engineering;
  • infrastructure health monitoring;
  • quantitative sustainability and resilience;

The UQ Lab at UH welcomes members from diverse academic backgrounds. Preferred skills/experiences include:

  • coursework in mathematics, mechanics, or physics;
  • computer programming (Python, C/C++, etc.);
  • research in computational/engineering mechanics, deep learning;
  • experimental skills in mechanics and dynamics;
  • English presentation and writing;

Successful applicants will receive full tuition support for the duration of their study. Stipend offered at the UQ Lab is competitive in the State.* Besides, the Lab will provide extra financial support for conferences, training workshops, and summer internships.

The University of Houston has seen tremendous momentum in recent years (, and the College of Engineering is on its path to be Top 50 in the U.S. (

Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. It has a vibrant economy with energy, health care, and tech industries. The greater Houston area offers world-class arts and cultural activities, recreational facilities, and affordable housing.

The UQ Lab at UH is an inclusive team. We strongly encourage applications from women, under-represented groups, and minorities broadly defined. There are dedicated efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion both at the University of Houston ( and at the College of Engineering (

For inquiries regarding these positions, please email Dr. Ruda Zhang (rudaz AT uh DOT edu), with the subject line Prospective Graduate Student: {Your Name}.

MS Students

I am interested in supervising MS student research at UH. If you are a currently enrolled student, feel free to contact me about research projects which align with our lab.

  1. The State of Texas does not collect income tax.