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Ph.D. Student Position - Lung Mechanics Project
Stevens Institute of Technology

Date Posted Nov. 8, 2018
Title Ph.D. Student Position - Lung Mechanics Project
University Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ, United States
Department Biomedical Engineering
Application Deadline Dec. 15, 2018
Position Start Date Aug. 26, 2019
  • Graduate Student
  • Engineering Physics
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

THE OPENING: A NIH-funded Ph.D. student position is available on a pulmonary mechanics project in Biomedical Engineering.

THE PROBLEM: In the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), edema reduces pulmonary gas exchange. Mechanical ventilation assists gas exchange but causes ventilation induced lung injury (VILI) and impedes recovery.

OUR APPROACH AND FINDINGS: In isolated lungs, we made the first surface tension determinations in edematous alveoli. We find that VILI is attributable to heterogeneous lung mechanics, and proportional to surface tension. We have discovered a new property for two existing compounds – the ability to lower surface tension in the lungs.

THE PROJECT: Investigating the mechanism of action of the surface tension-lowering compounds and testing the compounds as treatments for VILI.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATION: An undergraduate degree in engineering or in a closely related discipline such as physics.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Background in cardiovascular or pulmonary mechanics, physiology or biophysics; experience with confocal microscopy or LabView programming.

THE PI: Carrie E. Perlman trained in mechanical engineering at MIT and biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in pulmonary physiology at Columbia University.

THE ENVIRONMENT: Stevens, in Hoboken, NJ, provides a multidisciplinary research training environment. The beautiful campus is located on the Hudson River, directly opposite and 10 minutes by train from lower Manhattan.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Interested candidates should email Dr. Perlman at, and attach a CV.

  • Stevens Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer.

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Contact Information

  • Carrie E. Perlman
    Biomedical Engineering
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    Castle Point On Hudson
    Hoboken, NJ 07030


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