Photocatalysis, environmental chemistry/engineering, and materials science

Job Type
Job Institution
Virginia Commonwealth University
Job Description

Open Ph.D. student position at Virginia Commonwealth University

Job Description and Requirements

One open graduate research assistant position (for Ph.D. candidates only, full scholarship) is available immediately in the College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The research focus is on advanced functional materials for energy and environmental applications, including but not limited to, photocatalysts, energy storage materials, membranes, and sensors. Highly motivated students with Master's degrees in the following fields, including but not limited to, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or Solid State Physics are encouraged to apply.

Candidates with strong experimental skills in advanced functional materials synthesis and characterization will be considered a plusStudents with theoretical backgrounds, such as CFD simulation and DFT modeling, are also strongly encouraged to apply. Successful candidates should have strong motivation and passion for doing research on advanced functional materials. 

English proficiency for international applicants: GRE (Quantitative Analysis 150+) and TOEFL (90+, or IELTS, 6.5+) are required for admission by VCU. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills.


Virginia Commonwealth University ( is a public research university located in Richmond, Virginia (98 miles south of Washington, D.C.). VCU is classified as a Tier 1 research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The School of Engineering has outstanding state-of-the-art instructional and research facilities, and offers MS, PhD as well as ABET-accredited undergraduate programs in Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Life Science Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering.

Additional Information

For more information about the positions, please contact Prof. Wei-Ning Wang, Written applications should be sent by email and include a complete Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications (if available), copies of official transcripts, three reference letters, and a description of your research background and interests. Emails will be replied to if the applicant meets all requirements. Applicants are also encouraged to check the detailed information on the following sites: 

Dr. Wang’s personal website 

VCU international admission: