Positions Available

Graduate Research Assistants

The Jia Research Group has immediate openings for Ph.D. candidates in Materials Science and Engineering (MSEG) and Biomedical Engineering (BME). Our research program is focused on the design, synthesis and characterization of advanced biomaterials for the treatment of human diseases. Novel polymeric biomaterials being developed in our group include multifunctional, cross–linkable micro– and nano–particles and instructive synthetic extracellular matrices that resemble their natural counterparts structurally and functionally. These soft and hybrid materials are being evaluated as drug delivery vehicles and synthetic scaffolds for the engineering of healthy, replacement tissues, such as vocal fold, salivary gland and cartilage, as well as pathological tissues, such as prostate cancer tumor spheroids. Our research activities are currently supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the DuPont Company. Depending on the nature of the thesis work, students can receive Ph.D. in MSEG or BME. Qualified candidates will be considered for the University of Delaware Graduate Fellowship and the National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship. Students with basic training in organic chemistry, polymer science and engineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy are encouraged to apply. Please send your CV to Dr. Xinqiao Jia at xjia@udel.edu for consideration.