Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant Position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University
Position Description: The MicroTechnology (µTech) Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, is looking for motivated Ph.D. students to join the team as early as Spring 2021. The admitted students will work with Dr. Wen Li in design, development and characterization of biomedical microelectromechanical systems (bioMEMS), micro/nanosensors and sensing systems for wearable and implantable biomedical systems, neural interfaces, and point-of-care monitoring. The admitted students will be key members of a multidisciplinary, collaborative team of academic and industrial researchers with expertise in material science and engineering, wireless biomedical electronics, neuroscience, and infectious diseases.
MicroTechnology Laboratory: Established in 2009, the MicroTechnology Laboratory is located in the Bioengineering Facility building at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. The group’s research centers on developing innovative bioMEMS and biochemical sensors based on both inorganic and organic materials for a wide variety of applications in neuroscience, medical diagnosis as well as predictive and personalized medicine. Current research projects are focused on developing: 1) diamond-based microsensors and microelectrode implants for highly sensitive and in-situ measurement of neural chemical dynamics and electrophysiology signals; 2) miniaturized, wireless optoelectronic implant systems for simultaneous optogenetics neuromodulation and electrophysiology recording in the brain of freely moving subjects; and 3) flexible, wireless, wearable microelectronic systems for rapid and accurate detection of biological (e.g., PfHRP2), chemical, and physical (e.g., pressure) markers to aid the early detection of infectious and/or chronic diseases and the development of new drugs to effectively treat and prevent the progression of these diseases.
Dr. Wen Li is the director of the MicroTechnology Lab and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Michigan State University, East Lansing. She has over 15 years of research experience in inorganic/organic micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) for biomedical applications, neural prosthetic devices, and biomedical system packaging. Since 2009, her group has published over 100 high impact journal publications and conference proceeding papers, and holds 5 U.S. patents and 3 published patent applications.
Qualifications: To qualify, the candidates should hold a B.S. or M.S. in the area of electrical engineering, microelectronics, biomedical engineering, or equivalent. Experience in bioMEMS and biomedical devices is highly desired. Important qualities of successful candidates are enthusiasm, creativity, as well as good hands-on and problem-solving skills. The project is in collaboration with other researchers and industry and thus excellent cooperation and social abilities are highly important. Good communication skills in English are required as English is the primary language in our laboratory.
Application Instruction: Please email Dr. Wen Li (email@example.com) with the following documents: 1) Resume, 2) Official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts, 3) Selected publications (if applicable).