Prospective Student

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) 

Machine Systems

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, The University of California, Davis

Location: The University of California, Davis.

Responsibilities: The University of California, Davis is seeking a graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) student to conduct machine systems research. The primary project focus will be on vehicle rollover accidents. We seek a motivated and enthusiastic individual to work in the Machine Systems lab. Experiments will be designed to evaluate the performance of new designs of roll bars to protect operators in rollover accidents. The rollover accident will be simulated experimentally (static and dynamic test) and theoretically (finite element analysis). The successful candidate will have a B.S. or higher degree in Agricultural Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or closely related fields; should have strong written and oral English skills; will be willing to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students to conduct lab research. Additional highly desirable qualifications that applicants can address in the statement of purpose include experience in machine design and analysis, mechanism design, capstone design, automotive design, stability and performance, machine testing and development, 3D modeling software (such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, etc. …), finite element analysis, strong organizational skills, ability and self-motivation to work independently while accomplishing high quality tasks in a timely fashion.

Opportunities for outreach, and travel to professional meetings will be available.

Closing Date: Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until filled. Applicants may have the opportunity to undertake summer hourly employment prior to Fall 2018 quarter enrollment.

Contact: Please contact Dr. Farzaneh Khorsandi ( if interested in this opportunity.

Requirements: Applicants will need to prepare a statement of purpose, C.V., personal history and diversity statement, and contact information for three references that will be a part of their online application. Information about acceptance into the graduate studies at the University of California, Davis can be found at: www.

The University of California Davis is a public research university and land-grant university as well as one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system, with enrollment of over 29,546.

Davis California is a city west of Sacramento, in California. It’s home to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame, which has a collection of antique bikes and trophies. To the southwest, the UC Davis Arboretum features acres of gardens, with trails and a lake. Locally grown produce is sold at the Davis Farmers Market. The Hattie Weber Museum has exhibits on the area’s history, including dresses from the 1920s and ‘30s.

Useful web sites:

The University of California, Davis: www.

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering: www.

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