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PhD Position at Boise State University - Stem cell mechanobiology in space

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  • PhD Position at Boise State University - Stem cell mechanobiology in space

    NSF funded PhD position is available to study tissue engineering constructs – experiments will send samples to international space station.

    Fully funded PhD research assistantships in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) PhD Program at Boise State includes a stipend, full tuition waiver and health insurance.

    Project description:

    Project will focus on understanding how age related changes in the bone marrow affects the stem cell mechanical environment. To further understand the effect of unloading – bone marrow analogs will be sent to international space stations. The PhD student will have a chance to work with an excellent team of scientists from different institutes as well as professional engineering companies to prepare experimental payloads for the space mission.

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    BME PhD Website:

    The ideal profile for this position would include:

    • B.S. or M.S. degree in either Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biology or Physics
    • This will be a hands-on project - an interest and aptitude towards building prototypes, setting up experimental apparatus and testing them in real-world scenarios is expected.
    • Interest towards stress strain analysis, digital image correlation and microscopy.
    • Interest in finite element modeling.
    • Demonstrable effectiveness in disseminating scientific results (e.g. publications/talks in conferences) will be considered favorably.

    To apply:

    1) Position will start on spring 2021.

    2) Please submit a detailed CV (max 4 pages), publication list (or other supporting material), details of two referees, and a 1-page motivation letter to

    3) Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed remotely via Zoom and the successful candidate will then apply formally to Biomedical Engineering PhD program at Boise State.

    4) For more information on how to apply, go to and

    About Mechanical Adaptations Laboratory:
    Mechanical adaptations laboratory (MAL) is housed in biomedical engineering complex located at the 3rd floor of Micron Engineering Building housing three laboratories Mechanical adaptations, Northwest tissue mechanics and Computational Biosciences laboratories that share computational, mechanical testing and tissue culture facilities. The MAL occupies 1200 square feet and has a dedicated tissue/cell culture facility located, which is equipped with fluorescent inverted and upright microscopes, Flexcell FX5000 bioreactor for bulk strain application (0.1-12%, max 3Hz), Stageflexer system for strain application under microscope, two custom vibration devices (0-10g, 0.1-500Hz) and two simulated microgravity devices. Additionally, MAL has a wet lab space that can handle all routine molecular biology, qPCR and immunochemistry methods and tasks related to cell culture or tissue processing.

    About Boise:
    Boise State University is the largest university in Idaho, with enrollment of more than 22,000 students. The University is located in Idaho’s capital city and largest metropolitan area, which serves as the government, business, high-tech, economic, and cultural center of the state. Boise has a vibrant downtown, and great outdoor recreation including skiing, rafting, camping, fishing, and biking. Forbes ranked Boise #2 in 2018 for best cities to raise a family, U.S. News & World Report ranked Boise in the top 10 for best places to live in 2016, and USA Today ranked Meridian (Boise suburb) as the #1 city to live in America in 2015.