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PhD Student Position in Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

We have an opening for a PhD student as a funded Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), starting Spring 2019. The primary focus of the GRA position will be the investigation of microstructural changes in sodium ion battery electrodes using X-ray imaging, X-ray diffraction, and electrochemical methods. This project is supported by a recent National Science Foundation Collaborative Research Grant.

Candidates with an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or related fields will be considered. Exceptional individuals with a B.S. degree may also be considered. Prior experience with X-ray or neutron imaging, microstructural characterization, image processing, electrochemical energy devices (e.g. batteries or fuel cells), or multiphysics finite element analysis is desirable.

Interested candidates should complete the Prospective Student Questionnaire and send a current CV in PDF format by email to Prof. Nelson ( Please note the ad title in the subject line of your e-mail.

Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions

We currently have openings for for Undergraduate Research Assistants (UGRAs). Undergraduates in our group contribute to experimental, computational, and image processing efforts depending on interest and capability. We have a track record of journal paper authorship and co-authorship for UGRAs. If you are interested in working with us as a UGRA please email Prof. Nelson ( to arrange a time to discuss your interests.