Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships - Dr. Forrest Kievit
Department: • Biological Systems Engineering

Students Needed:
• Graduate


Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) and M.S. (Biological Systems Engineering) research assistantships are available in Dr. Forrest Kievit’s lab in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. We are looking for students with research experience and an interest in studying the synthesis of nanoparticle-based siRNA delivery vehicles and MRI contrast agents, small animal MRI using our 9.4T magnet in lab and image processing, as well as testing of nanoparticle behavior and generating mouse models of brain cancer/brain injury.

Graduate research assistants will work as part of Dr. Kievit’s research team to explore the effects of nanoparticle characteristics on their behavior in treating preclinical models of neurological diseases (kievit.unl.edu). Research efforts will contribute to the development of novel nanomaterials that improve the treatment of brain cancer and brain injury with the goal of eventually translating into clinical use. Students will have the opportunity to design and execute experiments using cutting-edge nanoparticles, animal models, and imaging systems, stay up to date with relevant scientific literature, collect, analyze, and interpret data, present findings at conferences and in publications in refereed journals, and assist in preparing grant proposals. There will also be the opportunity to work with collaborators at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Lincoln, Nebraska is a vibrant city with one of the top 10 downtowns and large number of parks and trails. Indeed, Lincoln was recently named the #2 top city with the highest quality of life by The Huffington Post. There is ample affordable housing available with a cost of living about 10% below the national average. Come check out one of the best college towns in the nation that is also less than an hour from Omaha and an easy three-hour drive to Kansas City.

Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field
  2. Self-motivated and ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  3. Excellent communication skills
  4. Previous research experience.
Tuition waiver: A tuition waiver of up to 12 credit hours per semester and 12 credit hours during summer sessions is provided with the graduate research assistantship.

Health insurance: Students on assistantships are provided health insurance at a reduced rate.

Interested students should send a CV and statement of interest that includes qualifications and career goals to fkievit2@unl.edu. Successful applicants will be contacted and encouraged to formally apply for graduate studies (Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering or M.S. in Biological Systems) in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Top candidates will have the opportunity to apply for an additional $5,000 per year stipend on top of their assistantship through the College of Engineering.