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Ph.D. assistantship in Computational Biosciences

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The Computational Biosciences Laboratory at Boise State University is seeking a highly motivated individual to pursue a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. Start date is August 2023 (preferred) or January 2024. This is a fully-funded assistantship which covers tuition, health insurance, and a competitive stipend. Applicants should have strong interest in computational modeling and biological systems. The Ph.D. student will develop a library of finite element models of the natural and implanted knee joint and validate these models against experimental data. The objective of the project is to develop data-driven computational models to understand the effect of surgical intervention on the joint. The student will also have the opportunity to work with members of the orthopaedic industry.

Ideal qualifications for this Ph.D. assistantship include:

    • MS degree in mechanical or biomedical engineering or computer science or BS degree in mechanical or biomedical engineering or computer science with prior research experience
    • Knowledge of finite element analysis and proficiency with commercial FE codes
    • Knowledge of knee biomechanics
    • Knowledge of musculoskeletal modeling/simulation tools/techniques
    • Excellent problem-solving skills
    • Proficiency with programming languages
    • Excellent oral/written communication and interpersonal skills

The Computational Biosciences Laboratory collaborates with research groups in biological sciences, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and kinesiology, and the successful applicant should expect to develop an interdisciplinary skillset over the course of their doctoral studies.

Located on the Boise River in southwestern Idaho and situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Boise State University is the largest institution in Idaho with a student enrollment of 24,000. The University consists of six colleges, five schools and approximately 2,700 faculty and staff and has a rapidly expanding research profile. Boise State University is located in the capital city with a regional population of over 652,000. With a thriving arts scene and abundant outdoor opportunities, Boise has been recognized as one of America’s best places to live and work. The moderate climate contributes to an outstanding quality of life with recreational opportunities nearby that include alpine skiing, whitewater rafting, fishing, camping, hiking and biking.

For information about the Computational Biosciences Lab:
For information about the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program:

If interested, please email a cover letter describing your experience and interest in this project (max 1 page), resume, and academic transcripts to:

Clare Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. (

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled – interested applicants are highly encouraged to apply early.

Clare Fitzpatrick
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Computational Biosciences Laboratory