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Job ID: 128140

PhD student
Florida Atlantic University

Date Posted Aug. 26, 2019
Title PhD student
University Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL, United States
Department Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences
    Chemistry - General

The Bioinspired Crystallization Lab at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL) is currently inviting applications for a PhD Graduate Student. We are seeking highly qualified and motivated candidates interested in studying mineralized biomaterials and biomineralization in vivo and in vitro.

Job Description
The successful candidate will

  • Develop functional hybrid materials based on hierarchical organic scaffolds derived from renewable resources and inorganic minerals. Versatile hybrid biomaterials will find extensive use in biomedical, civil, mechanical, and ocean applications.
  • Study biomineralization in biological samples from marine or terrestrial environment
  • Investigate chemical model systems that mimic fundamental processes at organic-inorganic interfaces, in particular crystallization in confinement or transmembrane ion transport.

Within the PhD project, the graduate student will employ multidisciplinary approaches, combining chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science. Biologically occurring specimens will be examined using a broad variety of experimental techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD), X-ray diffraction, chemical imaging (confocal Raman microscopy, synchrotron-based X-ray microscopy), and materials testing.

Education and/or Experience
The ideal candidates should have or be expected to receive a B. Sc. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or a related scientific discipline. Creative thinking, excellent communication skills and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively are required. Experience in the above-mentioned characterization techniques will be considered a plus.

Additional Information
For more information please contact Assistant Professor Dr. Vivian Merk. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and two professional references.

  • Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to
    compliance with all Federal, State and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination
    on the basis of age, race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, protected veteran status and other protected classifications. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Vivian Merk
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Florida Atlantic University
    777 Glades Road
    Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • +15612973819


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