Graduate Student Research Assistantship
Harrison Kim (PI) Research Group
Design for Sustainability Project
Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Graduate student research assistant (GSRA) position is available in the research area of Design for Sustainability in the Dept. of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in the research group of Professor Harrison Kim. We are seeking qualified and motivated researcher to advance the sustainable design and manufacturing of complex products. The successful applicants will integrate life cycle costing (LCC) and life cycle assessment (LCA) in consideration of uncertainty and demonstrate the effectiveness of trade-off design approach for realistic product (re)manufacturing cases. Candidates with background in environmental science and engineering in addition to design methods will be preferred. The GSRA will be in Dr. Kim’s research group.
The duties of the GSRA will focus on modeling the process of environmental impact assessment and automating tradeoff in a user-friendly environment. In addition to day-to-day project execution, a target outcome the work is to create an open-access design tool for adoption by industry partners. Expertise in some of the following areas is desired: material processing, impact quantification of chemicals, SimaPro, Visual Basic, and Python.
Required qualifications:A Ph.D. student (year 1 or 2) without current research support/supervisor in mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial systems engineering, or materials science; Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
Strong candidates will also possess the following attributes:Experience with environmental impact quantification at the process and material level; Experience with programming; US Citizen or Permanent Resident (preferred); Evidence of scientific impact (e.g., published papers).
GSRA application review will begin immediately. Prospective GSRA should email the following materials to Prof. Kim with the subject line “Sustainability GSRA”: brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, up to two examples of scholarly output (e.g., published or submitted manuscripts). Start dates are flexible, and could range from June 1, 2018 to late summer 2018. Positions are available for one year; however, potential annual renewal is dependent on funding, progress made by the individual, and career goals of the individual (mentoring plans will be tailored to meet the individual’s goals). All positions include competitive salary and benefits standard of 50% GSRA.