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Job ID: 156870

Graduate Research Assistant
West Virginia University

Date Posted Apr. 5, 2021
Title Graduate Research Assistant
University West Virginia University More About This Institution...
Morgantown, WV, United States
Department Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immeditely
  • Graduate Student
  • Material/Metallurgy
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

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.

  • Job Responsibilities:
    • 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
  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • 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

  • WVU and WVURC are AA/EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/E-verify, compliant employers.

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Contact Information

  • Loren Rieth, Dr.
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    West Virginia University
    1306 Evansdale Dr.
    ESB Mechanical and Aerospace
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6106


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