Research Assistant Positions Available for MS and/or PhD level students

Bio-Geotechnical Engineering and Soil-Structure Interaction

Two doctoral and/or master research assistant positions are available in Dr. Hai Lin’s group at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to commence in Fall 2018 semester.

Student Qualifications: Self-motivated and talented students (both undergraduate and master students) are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants will preferably have a strong background in Geotechnical Engineering. Students with previous experimental and modeling research experience in Soil Mechanics, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Reliability and Statistics, and Soil-Structure Interaction will be considered as strong candidates.

Research Study Area: Bio-mediated and bio-inspired geotechnics can provide innovative and sustainable solutions to geotechnical engineering challenges. Among these processes, Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) is the most widely researched.  Dr. Lin’s previous research investigated the micro- and macro-scale behavior of MICP-treated soil and upscaled the process using large-scale laboratory tests. This research incorporated the first MICP application for soil-pile interaction. Future research will focus on exploring the use of MICP for field applications and investigating other bio-mediated and bio-inspired processes to improve sustainability and resiliency of geotechnical systems. A multi-scale experimental and modeling framework will be utilized to investigate the behavior of geotechnical systems treated with bio-mediated and bio-inspired processes. Furthermore, this interdisciplinary research program will proceed in collaboration with researchers from several backgrounds including biological sciences, civil and environmental engineering, and water resources.

Funding will be provided initially for 12 months and will be renewed each year based on the student’s annual performance. The selected students will receive full tuition support and stipend to cover living expenses.

Application Deadline: Research assistant positions will start at the beginning of Fall 2018 semester, and the search will continue until the position is filled. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Lin with a copy of CV and transcript via E-mail by May 4, 2018. CV should include ranking among the graduating class and TOEFL and GRE scores (for international applicants only). A list of students will be selected for Skype interviews. The finalist will be informed and given research assistantship.


Hai (Thomas) Lin received his BS (civil engineering) from Dalian University of Technology in 2010 and both MS and PhD (Civil Engineering) from Lehigh University in 2016. His research areas include Bio-Geotechnical Engineering, Geophysics, Soil-Structure Interaction, and Structural Health Monitoring. In 2016, he joined Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE) at New York City as a Geotechnical Engineer following the receipt of his PhD. He has been involved in a wide range of field and design work at MRCE. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in California. He will join Louisiana State University as an Assistant Professor in August 2018.

Hai (Thomas) Lin, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Cell: (610) 674-2536


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