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PhD assistantship in Optical Imaging of Biological Systems - Boise State University

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  • PhD assistantship in Optical Imaging of Biological Systems - Boise State University

    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. Preferred start date is August 2019 or January 2020. This is a fully-funded assistantship which covers tuition, health insurance, and a competitive stipend. Applicants should have strong interest in biological systems and optics. Biomedical graduate student’s thesis will be focused on creating thermal optical tools to study impacts in 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 later 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. Kandadai (Electrical Engineering) and Dr. Brown (Kinesiology) and will be consulting with Dr. Fitzpatrick (Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering) 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 engineering with a background in one of the following
    * Electromagnetics

    * Optical imaging,
    * Biological systems
    *Laser spectroscopy
    *Modelling skills in Python and or Lab View.
    and with a strong skills in :
    * 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.

    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 FLAIR Lab:
    For information about the Biomedical Engineering PhD program:

    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, PhD (

    Review of applications will begin June 1 and will continue until the position is filled – interested applicants are highly encouraged to apply early.

    Nirmala Kandadai
    Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
    Director, FLAIR Lab