We are currently looking for a PhD student in materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech to focus on RepRap-related work. The position is fully funded (full tutitoin plus stipend) and you could start as early as January.
I run the Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology research group http://www.mse.mtu.edu/~pearce/Index.html
which specializes in solar photovoltaic technology from the materials to the devices and full systems. However, our group has also built and use several RepRaps of various flavors to do prototyping and have recently started focusing on the use of the RepRap in development work. We are interested in making technologies that drive sustainable development - open source appropriate technologies. To get an idea of where I would like to go with the RepRap concept see: 3-D Printing of Open Source Appropriate Technologies for Self-Directed Sustainable Development, in the Journal of Sustainable Development here http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.ph ... /view/6984
-- where we discuss solar powered self-replicating open-source 3-D printers - capable of making primary components of solar photovoltaic systems from recycled waste. So if you are interested in being paid to do this kind of work and pick up your PhD at the same time - please send me your CV, GRE and TOEFL scores via email asap.
A competitive candidate would hold a BS or Masters degree in materials science, materials engineering, chemistry, physics or a related feild, have high GPA from world class instiution, GRE Quant scores in the high 700s or 800, and TOEFL scores over 100 if you are not from an English speaking country.
Thanks and sorry for the long post,
Joshua M. Pearce, Ph.D.
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Michigan Technological University
601 M&M Building
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295