Graduate Blog

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May 18, 2018

This summer, the Graduate College Career Development Office will hold workshops on a range of topics, all specifically addressing the needs of graduate students at Illinois. The Summer 2018 workshop series includes:

Faculty Job Search Retreat Talking About Your Research Strategies for Managing Difficult Projects Explaining Your Graduate-Level Experience in Resumes & Cover Letters Nonacademic Interview Strategies for Grad Students Staying Organized during a Job Search as a Busy Grad Student Career Exploration Group

See the full schedule and learn more online.

May 18, 2018

The USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center (serving Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri) is seeking associate, undergraduate, and graduate level students working towards a degree in engineering and other related majors for an internship opportunity to gain practical experience in hydrology.  Additional details, including application procedures, can be found in the attached announcement. 



May 17, 2018

PhD Final Defense – Matthew Czapiga

Improvements to Geometric Morphodynamic Models of River Deltas

Advisor: Professor Gary Parker

Date: Tuesday May 29th, 9:00 am

Location: 1518 Hydrosystems Lab


May 11, 2018

Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions at UIUC

Harrison Kim (PI) Research Group

Design for Sustainability Project

Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Postdoctoral research associate 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 postdoctoral 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 postdoc will be in Dr. Kim’s research group and will collaborate with a strong cohort of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the design research area at UIUC.

The duties of the postdocs 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. in mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial systems engineering, or other relevant fields; 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; Evidence of scientific impact of their Ph.D. (e.g., published papers).

Postdoc application review will begin on May 1, 2018. Prospective postdocs should email the following materials to Prof. Kim with the subject line “Sustainability Postdoc”: brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for two references, and 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. Any offer for postdoc positions are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check (

More information may be found on relevant websites for the Kim Research Group ( or by contacting Prof. Kim ( Illinois is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Read more at