Research Opportunities

Funded Research Positions

Postdoctoral Scholar – 1 position

Join the Holistic Steel Systems effort for a project on system reliability of cold-formed steel framing systems.

Start: Summer or Fall 2024


  • PhD degree
  • FEM experience (prefer ABAQUS)

PhD student – 1 position

Join a dynamic and interdisciplinary project dealing with monitoring, modeling, and visualization of damage in historic structures. We will use advanced finite element modeling to understand deterioration as a function of changing loading conditions. The FE models will be validated from field and lab data. We are looking to integrate point cloud data into finite element models.

Start: Fall 2024


  • MS degree

Desired expertise areas:

  • FEM experience (prefer ABAQUS)
    • FE modeling brittle materials including concrete or/and masonry
    • Wind and freeze/thaw loading
  • Coding skills
  • Experience with point cloud data

MS student – 1 position

We are looking for one MS student for the Stainless Steel Unequal Angle Columns project. This student will be responsible for conducting the member tests, coupon tests, residual stress measurements, geometric imperfection measurements and data analysis. This project is entirely experimental-based lab work.

Start: Fall 2024


  • BS degree

Desired expertise areas:

  • Experience or/and comfort with laboratory work
  • Organizational skills

Unfunded Research Positions

If you have your own research funding and are interested in joining the Steel Systems Innovation Research Lab, please contact Prof. Blum and indicate in the subject line of your email that you have your own funding.

Independent Study and Paid Positions (for current UW students only)

We have a variety of projects for undergraduate and masters students, some for independent study credit and some for hourly paid positions. Contact Prof. Blum if you have interest in joining any of our active projects.

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