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Ph.D. Positions in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


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The Propulsion & Energy Research Laboratory at the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University is currently seeking two exceptional doctoral candidates for state of the art research opportunities (Graduate Research Assistantships) in reacting and non-reacting turbulent flows for advance aero-propulsion and combustion energy conversion systems. Competitive three year stipend salaries are available, including full tuition waiver support and benefits.


Job Description:

The research will focus understanding the fundamental interactions between fluid and flame dynamics for multi-phase turbulent reacting flows, clean combustion strategies and alternative renewable biofuels through experimental research and physics-based reduced order models.



Candidates must have the following in order to be considered for this position:

  • A recent M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • A strong background and training in thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, and combustion sciences
  • A demonstrated accomplishment in experimental and numerical research
  • A working style demonstrating initiative and willingness to take on individual responsibility
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to work effectively with others


  • Experience with advanced laser-based optical diagnostics (PIV/PLIF) and experience with combustion research.

To apply, please send a C.V./resume (GPAs, GRE scores and list of references) to Dr. Kareem Ahmed (k1ahmed@odu.edu). Lab page (http://www.odu.edu/~k1ahmed/PERL/)


Old Dominion University is located in the downtown City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia. The University is at the heart of a very attractive area where NASA Langley Research Center and other major industries reside. Additionally, the University is short minutes from Virginia Beach and Ocean Front beaches.


(Admins please feel free to move to appropriate location)

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