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PhD positions in Bioengineering or Biology at NAU (Flagstaff, AZ)

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  • PhD positions in Bioengineering or Biology at NAU (Flagstaff, AZ)

    Biology and Bioengineering PhD Program
    Nishikawa Laboratory
    Center for Bioengineering Innovation
    Department of Biological Sciences
    Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

    Potential projects include biophysics of muscle, modeling and simulation of muscle properties and locomotion, and applications to human biomechanics and control of wearable robotic devices.

    Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs), and Presidential Fellowships are available for qualified students accepted into the new Doctoral Program in Bioengineering at Northern Arizona University. TAs and RAs will receive $10,000 per semester ($20,000/year) for 20 hour/week appointments, plus additional summer pay, if applicable. Presidential Fellows will receive the $20,000/year as well as an additional $8,000/year. The fellowship includes $1,000/year for conference travel or research and an expenses-paid visit to NAU. A variety of other fellowships are also available.

    Admissions Requirements
    Excellent candidates for this doctorate have an earned thesis-based Master of Science degree in biology, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, or related science. Direct entry into the PhD program from a Bachelor of Science degree is encouraged for exemplary applicants. Important: All applicants are expected to make contact (i.e. email communication or lab visit) with potential faculty members in the department BEFORE APPLYING. Applicants should only apply if a mentor agrees to support the applicant. Contact for inquiries about graduate study.
    What Will You Gain From Our Program

    The goal of this program is to educate future industry and research leaders in bioengineering through an integrative and interdisciplinary approach. Students will receive advanced training in research through focused coursework and will develop expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data at a level appropriate for positions in industrial research and development or academia.


    Flagstaff—or “Flag” as the locals call it—is a mountain town with a population of 67,468. At 7,000 feet, Flagstaff is surrounded by the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world. With an average of 288 days of sunshine per year and an average 100 inches of annual snowfall, Flagstaff offers a scenic setting to live and learn while surrounded by a landscape and four-season climate unlike anything else in Arizona.