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PhD position, comparative skeletal biomechanics (Purdue University)

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  • PhD position, comparative skeletal biomechanics (Purdue University)

    The Purdue Musculoskeletal Biology and Mechanics Lab is seeking a graduate student research assistant (preferably PhD level) to join an NSF-funded project that examines functional plasticity in response to mechanical challenge in the skeletons of a diverse group of vertebrates. Primary experimental methods on this project include in vivo skeletal strain gauge experiments, micro-computed tomography, finite element modeling, and dynamic histomorphometry. The qualified applicant will have completed an undergraduate degree in biology, engineering, or a related field. The ideal candidate would have a strong interest in quantitative approaches and be comfortable handling a range of live animal models (rodents and reptiles). The graduate student will be expected to be hard working, disciplined, self-motivated to conduct literature and laboratory-based research, and to participate in mentoring undergraduates and engaging the public in science education.

    Applicants available for a start date between August 2018 to August 2019 will be considered. Interested candidates should submit a (1) CV or summary of your previous research experience, (2) copies of your academic transcripts, (3) a statement summarizing your research interests for graduate school and your motivations for obtaining a PhD, and (4) a list of three references, all in a single PDF file to Dr. Russell Main (

    The Purdue Musculoskeletal Biology and Mechanics Lab is housed in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Basic Medical Sciences is a multidisciplinary department with strong research interests in musculoskeletal biology and orthopaedics, cancer biology, and neurobiology. We maintain close ties to the Department of Biological Sciences, the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. Our position in the College of Veterinary Medicine provides us opportunities to interact with veterinary clinicians and pathologists and allows us access to a state of the art histology lab, diagnostic equipment, surgical facilities, and animal care personnel with experience working with diverse species.

    Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.