Join us!

The lab is committed to strong student mentoring, career and professional development, and recruitment of diverse and minority candidates. 

Ph.D. Positions

Two Ph.D. openings in 2023 Fall at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver in interdisciplinary studies in (1) renewable energy and (2) advanced flow diagnostics. See here.

Qualifications (Preferred)

  • Solid education background in renewable energy or thermal fluid sciences, or meteorology.

  • Programming skills (Python, R, or Fortran), data-intensive processing, and data-driven modeling.

  • Prior experience working with Weather Research and Forecasting Model, OpenFOAM, Particle image velocimetry, and LiDAR measurement.

  • Good communication and writing skills.

  • ​A master degree is highly desired. 

Before you apply

Consider three questions first:

  • Whether a Ph.D. training can help you achieve your life goal?

  • Whether you are passionate about research and willing to devote enormous amounts of time and effort to it?

  • Whether you have the following qualities to be a successful Ph.D. student: perseverance, tenacity, and cogency?

Prospective students interested in pursuing research send the following information to Dr. Gao with the subject of “Ph.D. opening” to discuss the potential research projects and their interests before applying in a single email. 

  • One-page cover letter demonstrating: why you’d like to do scientific research, why you are a good fit for our lab, what your long-term career goals and aspirations are, and what your expectations are. 

  • CV / Resume

  • Unofficial copies of university transcript

  •  Papers, slides, posters, etc. (if any) to show your research/project experience and skills

Application

Submit a complete official application for the Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) Ph.D. program by February 15 for Fall admissions. More detailed information can be found here

Postdoc Applicants

Prospective postdoc interested in pursuing research send the following information to Dr. Gao with the subject of “Postdoc opening” to discuss the potential research projects and their interests in a single email. 

  • Two-page cover letter demonstrating your major achievements / contributions during Ph.D., your career plan after postdoc training, and your research plan in our lab

  • CV / Resume with a publication list

  • Unofficial copies of university transcript

  • Selected 2-3 journal publications

  • Contact information of at least three references

Undergraduate/Master Students

Undergraduate and master's students who are interested in our group, please send the following information to Dr. Gao in a single email. 

  • CV / Resume 

  • Unofficial copies of university transcript (Minimum GPA: 3.2)

  • One paragraph demonstrating: why you'd like to do research 

K-12 Students

K-12 students are welcome to visit our lab during the summer and get hands-on research experience. 

Visiting Scholars

Please send the following information to Dr. Gao in a single email. 

  • CV / Resume

  • The period during which you’d like to visit

  • How you will fund the visit

  • J-1 Visa is required (for international visiting students/scholars) 

  • Unofficial copies of university transcript (only for students)