The Microsystems and Neural Technologies Lab (MANTL) in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at WVU has multiple graduate research assistant (GRA) openings at the Ph.D. level and M.S. level. The GRA positions are funded by an NIH BRAIN Initiative grant to develop a new cochlear implant and evaluate it with human subjects, as well as development funds. Dr. Loren Rieth's research group is part of the Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering programs and has tracks in neural engineering, MEMS, and sensors, and actuators. The research will focus on the development of penetrating and flexible neural interfaces using electrical and optical approaches, bench and physiological testing of medical electronics, systems integration, and microfabrication. Students will develop experimental skills and utilize advanced microfabrication, thin film deposition, materials and surface characterization, in-vitro and in-vivo evaluation for safety and performance, neuro- and electro-physiology, instrumentation, and statistical and data analysis methods.
Conceptualize and design neural electrodes, materials, fabrication, and testing methods
Use microfabrication/semiconductor process tools to make neural electrodes, MEMS, and/or sensors and actuators
Develop process documentation and lab notetaking skills compatible with design controls and regulated device fabrication
Characterize electrochemical properties of neural electrodes and microsystem devices
Develop proficiency and utilize advanced microscopy, surface analysis, and materials characterization tools to analyze samples and device failure mechanisms
Learn and implement medical device fabrication methods, principles, and procedures
Maintain a focus on quality and craftmanship
Hold an accredited B.S. or M.S. in materials science, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or related disciplines.
Self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Ability to work on highly interdisciplinary and time-sensitive projects
Interest in the nervous system and medical devices
Interest in neural interface systems, microfabrication, semiconductor, and characterization equipment, instrumentation, and/or MEMS and sensors and actuators. Familiarity with these topics is a plus.
Exposure to 2D and 3D CAD Tools, Statistical and Data Analysis, and/or MATLAB
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