PhD Student Position in Biomaterials Research, Clarkson University, USA

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PhD Student Position in Biomaterials: Join the Almeida Lab at Clarkson University’s Coulter School of Engineering and contribute to cutting-edge research in biomaterials to modulate stem cell behavior. We are seeking highly motivated PhD students to drive scientific research, mentor undergraduates, and lead innovative projects. Explore the fascinating world of stem cell engineering and make a significant impact on the field.

Designation: PhD Student

Research Area: Biomaterials for Stem Cell Engineering

Location: Clarkson University, Coulter School of Engineering, Potsdam, New York, USA


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related fields.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for scientific research and a high level of motivation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in one or more of the following: biomaterials synthesis and characterization, mammalian cell culture, cellular and molecular biology.

Job Description:

The Almeida Lab, supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, is at the forefront of biomaterials research aimed at controlling stem cell behavior, including differentiation and immunomodulation. As a PhD student in our lab, you will be part of the initial graduate student cohort, taking on leadership roles from the start. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Driving scientific research projects within the lab.
  • Establishing protocols and innovative techniques.
  • Mentoring and guiding undergraduate students.
  • Contributing to the lab’s mission of advancing biomaterials for stem cell applications.

Examples of potential thesis project topics include:

  1. Engineering human mesenchymal stem cell-laden hydrogels using advanced 3D bioprinting and bioorthogonal click chemistry for cartilage tissue engineering.
  2. Investigating how biophysical and biochemical signals mimicking the native cellular microenvironment affect human mesenchymal stem cell chondrogenesis and immunomodulatory properties.
  3. Exploring the interrelationship between biomaterial physicochemical properties and cell culture conditions.

Preferred Position Start Date: Spring 2024 or Fall 2024

How to Apply:

  1. Interested students should apply to a relevant Ph.D. program at Clarkson University, such as Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology. Please note that we have rolling admissions, so apply as soon as possible to be considered for Spring or Fall 2024.
  2. Upon acceptance to the program, please send a single PDF containing:
    • A cover letter indicating your research and career interests.
    • A complete CV.

Email your application materials to Prof. Bethany Almeida at

Last Date for Apply: Rolling Admissions – Apply ASAP to be considered for Spring or Fall 2024.


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