Physics-informed machine learning for water infrastructure

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University of Tennessee Knoxville
Job Description

The water infrastructure laboratory (Ψ Lab, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking motivated applicants for 1–2 fully-funded PhD positions, starting in Spring 2023 or Fall 2023. The student is anticipated to conduct research in the fields of (1) urban water treatment and reuse, (2) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of water infrastructure, and (3) physics-informed machine learning (ML) for unit operation and process.

Ideal candidates should have a degree in hydraulic engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related fields. A Master's degree is desirable but not required. Candidates with backgrounds in water treatment, urban hydrology, and numerical modeling are encouraged to apply. Experience in programming (C++, Fortran77), machine learning (Python, PyTorch), and web development (HTML, Django) is a plus. Strong written and verbal communication skills, a self-motivated attitude, and the ability for independent work are expected. Interested students should send their resume/CV and a brief statement outlining their research interest and experience in a single PDF file to Dr. Haochen Li (

More information on admission and application requirements and deadlines can be found at the links below.

University of Tennessee (UTK) is a public land-grant research university in Knoxville, Tennessee. Founded in 1794, it is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system with more than 30,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". UTK's ties to nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, established under UT President Andrew Holt and continued under the UT–Battelle partnership, allow for considerable research opportunities for faculty and students. With new leadership at the system, university, and college levels, UTK is poised for dramatic positive change focused on solving some of the most audacious, pressing problems our country and world face today. The city of Knoxville is a hidden gem surrounded by eight gorgeous lakes, with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene including internationally recognized festivals, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural and outdoor activities. UTK is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains; and a day's drive to Memphis, Chicago and Washington D.C. Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a statistical area population of over 850,000 people. The Knoxville region houses many leading corporations, including Bush Brothers & Company, Discovery Inc., Tennessee Valley Authority, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.