I am always looking for bright and motivated graduate students. If you are very passionate about research, have a positive outlook towards life and would like to pursue a long-term career in academia, please do not hesitate to contact me at ravi.kiran@ndsu [dot] edu.


Fully funded PhD/MS positions (Tuition + stipend) are available in the area of experimental and computational damage mechanics/ Machine Learning at North Dakota State University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Candidates are expected to have a degree in one of the following fields: Civil (Structures), mechanical, material science, computer science or any relevant engineering discipline with strong interest in mechanics, statistics, numerical methods, experimental techniques and programming. Candidates with background in continuum mechanics, statistics, machine learning, finite element methods, experimental techniques and programming are strongly encouraged to apply. Evidence of strong scholarship may outweigh the background of the candidate. Journal publications, conference presentations are a plus.

The incumbent will be part of an exciting team that specializes in using theoretical and experimental mechanics to address 21st century infrastructural needs. North Dakota State University is a student focused research intensive land grant University located in Fargo (ND). With low unemployment and median house rents, Fargo topped 2016 America’s best small college towns list (source: schools.com).

Interested candidates should immediately email their CV (Education, awards/honors, GRE, Toefl test scores, list of graduate courses, list of journal/ conference publications (if any), list of 3 professional references) to Dr. Ravi Kiran Yellavajjala (ravi.kiran@ndsu.edu with a subject line "PHD APPLICANT". Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Do I need GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score?

Ans: A valid TOEFL (minimum-S-23;W-2; total minimum score 81)/ IELTS (minimum-S-6.0;W-6.0; total band 7) is mandatory for international applicants. GRE scores are required but can be waived under certain circumstances.

2) What is the application procedure?

Ans: Send your full CV (Education, awards/honors, GRE, Toefl test scores, list of graduate courses, list of journal/ conference publications (if any), list of 3 professional references), BS and MS transcripts to ravi.kiran@ndsu.edu. If shortlisted, further instructions will be emailed.

3) What is the typical duration of PhD in DAMS lab?

Ans: The duration of PhD is highly variable and depends on many controllable and uncontrollable circumstances. Typically, students in Civil and Environmental Engineering department take 4 years to finish their doctoral study.

4) Will the stipend cover my living expenses and tuition?

Ans: Tuition is waived for students who work on externally sponsored research projects. The stipend is generally sufficient to cover the living expenses (rent+other bills) of our students who adopt a typical "graduate student lifestyle".

5) I do not have an MS degree, can I still apply for this position?

Ans: I generally prefer students with MS for PhD positions. However, highly accomplished students with some university level research experience can apply without a Master's degree.

6) Can I apply for an internship at NDSU-DAMS lab?

Ans: Currently, I am not offering paid internships to non-NDSU students. However, self-funded and highly motivated students are always welcome to contact me.

7) I already have a PhD, can I apply for a postdoctoral position?

Ans: Currently, I am not hiring any postdoctoral candidates. Self-funded candidates can contact me with a research topic of mutual interest.

8) I am working in a University outside USA, Can I be a visiting scholar at NDSU-DAMS?

Ans: Potential visiting scholars can contact me with a research topic.