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Funding Opportunities

All full-time students who have submitted complete applications by the application deadline are automatically considered for graduate assistantship (GA) funding. A GA will cover tuition costs and provide a competitive annual stipend. Funding for GA positions is available through the BME doctoral program, or from grant-funded projects. If accepted into the program, the Graduate Admissions Committee will provide applicants with information regarding any potential funding opportunities. Please be aware that offers of financial support are competitive.

Applicants are encouraged to contact BME faculty members who are doing work in areas that align with their own research interests and educational background about potential GA funding. Job announcements for specific grant-funded projects may also be posted below.

  • Ph.D Graduate Assistantship in Mechanobiology (faculty sponsor: Dr. Gunes Uzer; start date: Fall 2021 or Spring 2022): The Mechanical Adaptations lab is looking for a Ph.D. student for research on changes in nuclear mechanics in aging stem cells. This project will utilize mechanical stimulating regimes such as strains and vibrations to understand the remodeling events in chromatin and nuclear skeletal proteins. In addition  direct measurements such as atomic force microscopy and non-invasive microscopic metrology will be performed. More information about this position can be found on the Mechanical Adaptations Laboratory website.
  • Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Mechanobiology (faculty sponsor: Dr. Gunes Uzer; start date: Fall 2021or Spring 2022): The Mechanical Adaptations lab is looking for a Ph.D. student for research on computational and experimental determination of force generation in aging stem cells. Students work on modeling experimentally observed cell topologies and mechanics using finite element modeling. These computational models will be validated using state of the art molecular stress sensing constructs. The Project aims to understand the possible force-generation deficiencies of aging stem cells under mechanical challenge. More information about this position can be found on the Mechanical Adaptations Laboratory website.
  • Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship in Optical Imaging of Biological Systems (Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Nirmala Kandadai; start date: Fall 2021): The Fiber Optics Laser and Integrated photonics Research (FLAIR) Lab at Boise State University is seeking a highly motivated individual to pursue a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. The preferred start date is January 2020 or Fall 2021. This is a fully-funded assistantship that covers tuition, health insurance, and a competitive stipend. Applicants should have a strong interest in biological systems and optics. Biomedical graduate student’s thesis will be focused on creating thermal optical tools to study impacts on foot and leg bones, tissue, and ligaments. The thesis will include the effects of impact from a fast-moving projectile such as a hockey puck and study how much protection to the impact foot coverage can provide. The thermal tools being developed will be infrared thermography and modulated photothermal conductivity. The latter will be used to study the modification in a body’s conductance, due to bone damage or a ligament tear. The developed tool will be used to quantify bone and soft tissue damage via other causes. The student will work under Dr. Brown and Dr. Kandadai and will be consulting with Dr. Fitzpatrick for their thesis. Ideal qualifications for this PhD assistantship include: MS degree in physics, or electrical, or mechanical or biomedical engineering or BS degree in physics or electrical or  mechanical or biomedical or material science engineering with a background/interest in electromagnetics, optical imaging, biological systems, or laser spectroscopy; modeling skills in Python and/or Lab View; excellent problem-solving skills; proficiency with programming languages; excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills. The FLAIR lab collaborates with research groups in biological sciences, electrical engineering, and kinesiology, and the successful applicant should expect to develop an interdisciplinary skillset over the course of their doctoral studies. If interested, please email a cover letter describing your experience and interest in this project (max 1 page), resume, and academic transcripts to Nirmala Kandadai, Ph.D. (nirmalakandadai@boisestate.edu). Preference will be given to students that apply to the Biomedical Engineering PhD program by Jan. 15th.