Date Posted
23 Jul 2024

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PhD Project
University of Texas at San Antonio

PhD graduate research asssitant

23 Jul 2024

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Position Description

PhD Position: Proteoglycans vs. age-related deterioration of bone quality, University of Texas at San Antonio

General Description: One PhD scholarship funded by an NIH project is open for applications to the Mechanics of Biological Materials/Structures Lab, the University of Texas at San Antonio. The position offers a wide range of training and development opportunities in a highly stimulating environment, with world-leading facilities and collaborative networks.

Research project: Proteoglycans may play a significant role in sustaining the toughness of bone tissues. This project is to elucidate its underlying mechanism at ultrastructural level, and its effect on the age-related deterioration of bone quality. Collaborating with biologists and biochemists, we also aim at developing therapeutical strategies to slow down or deter such age-related disorders.
Requirements: A bachelor degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics is essential, and a Masters degree is preferred. The required experience and skills are: Solid background in mechanics of materials; Hands on experience in mechanical testing at multiple length scales. The following experience and skills are preferred: Familiarity with FEM software (Abacus); Good knowledge of Matlab and/or Python; and Experience in AFM, SEM, TEM. A lack of the above experience and skills could be compensated by evidence of research potential, as appropriate training will be provided.

Financial support: The PhD scholarship will provide funding for 3 years, including tuition/fees and an annual salary of $21,000 for the first year, with travel supports to technical conferences. Teaching of undergraduate students is required as part of the scholarship.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send the following application documents to Dr. Xiaodu Wang ( Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. • Current CV including detailed academic records and GRE scores, TOFEL/IELTS scores are required only for international applicants • Covering letter explaining their motivation and suitability • Contact details of two academic referees For further details, informal discussions and information about the project please contact

Position Category: Engineering. Position Type: PhD Project. Salary: €10'000 - €20'000.