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PhD and Undergrad Assistant positions (Biomedical Engineering, U of Delaware)

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  • PhD and Undergrad Assistant positions (Biomedical Engineering, U of Delaware)

    The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware is seeking motivated students to join our group! We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:
    • Ph.D. student(s) in Biomedical Engineering (Research Assistantship)
    • Undergraduate students in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biological Sciences, and Kinesiology & Applied Physiology.

    Opportunities are available starting as early as January 2016 for those interested in pursuing graduate (Ph.D. level) and undergraduate research. Our research is in the area of Orthopaedic Biomechanics, with a specific focus on
    tendon injury and healing, fibrocartilage development and maturation, and tendon/bone adaptations to mechanical loading. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for volunteer/course credit with potential opportunity for paid summer support and fellowships.

    Research experiences for our students include:
    • mechanical characterization of biological materials
    • translational projects in collaboration with orthopaedic surgeons
    • in vitro cell and tissue culture (2D, 3D, and bioreactor-based approaches)
    • use of small animal models of tendon/bone injury and healing
    • genetics and husbandry
    • cell and molecular biology techniques
    • histology
    • 3-D x-ray imaging
    • computational modeling (finite element, shape modeling)

    BME Graduate Admission Recommendations:
    • A bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, physical, or biological sciences from an accredited 4-year college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
    • Completed coursework that includes 1 year of calculus-based physics, 1 year of biology, 1 semester of physiology, 1 semester of organic chemistry, and calculus through differential equations
    • Competitive GRE scores
    • For international applicants, a TOEFL exam taken within the last 2 years with a minimum score of 240 for the computer-based test and of 100 for the iBT with a 22 for the iBT speaking component
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals
    • A personal statement (1 page)

    Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Megan Killian, PhD directly ( In addition to any questions you may have, please provide a brief summary of your research experience and interests, as well as a resume or CV. Visit the Killian Lab Group website for more information!

    Candidates may also wish to visit:
    - Department of Biomedical Engineering (
    - College of Engineering (
    - Graduate Office: (, including online application (

    **The University of Delaware is situated in the northwest corner of the state, in the town of Newark, minutes from the I-95 corridor. This offers a traditional small-town college atmosphere in a location that affords easy access to major cultural and entertainment centers in nearby metropolitan areas. The beach resorts of Delaware, recreational areas of New Jersey and Maryland, and the ski slopes of the Pocono Mountains are within a two-hours drive.**
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