Ph.D. and Post-Doc Opportunities at BSU

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Boise State University recently launched a Ph.D. program in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) through the generous support of the Micron Foundation.  As one of the youngest and fastest growing MSE Departments in the United States, the program will have a balanced focus on DNA nanotechnology and synthetic biology.  Example research projects include the design, synthesis, and characterization of: (1) DNA-based molecular machines that perform chemical and mechanical work for in-vivo applications, (2) DNA-based chemical reaction networks that perform amplification and Boolean logic for theranostic applications, and (3) structural DNA origami for opto-electronic applications. 

With stable support from the W.M. Keck Foundation, NIH, and NSF, Dr. Will Hughes’ team is seeking multiple Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral candidates to contribute to our initiative!  Candidates should be self-motivated, hard-working, and critical thinking.  In addition, they should have strong design-oriented problem solving and communication skills.  Specific backgrounds of interest include biophysics, nanomaterial chemistry, synthetic biology, molecular biology, and materials science.  Specific skills of interest include: (1) scanning probe microscopy, (2) transmission electron microscopy, (3) nanomaterial synthesis and functionalization, (4) laser optics, (5) nucleic acid chemistry, (6) DNA origami, and (6) standard molecular biology techniques such as qRT-PCR, hybridization kinetics, and molecular probes. Competitive candidates are encouraged to send either their resume (students) or CV (post-docs) to

To learn more about how we engineer and program DNA for chemical, structural, and mechanical applications, click this PodCast and NPR Interview.  For further details about our interdisciplinary team, visit our webpage provided below.

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