Graduate Research Assistants on Lung Aerosol Dynamics Modeling



Computational Biofluidics and Biomechanics Laboratory at Oklahoma State University (CBBL@OSU) is seeking one highly motivated Ph.D. candidate to join the group of Prof. Yu Feng in the School of Chemical Engineering in FALL 2018. The overall goal of Prof. Feng’s group is to make a significant impact on the medical world and human life by providing well-posed solutions to realistic pulmonary health problems using numerical simulations based on interdisciplinary engineering fundamentals. The two openings are for graduate students interested in developing and applying advanced computational solutions to multiple biomedical problems involving inhaled aerosol transport in human respiratory systems and their translocation into systemic regions, using computational fluid-particle dynamics (CF-PD) and finite element analysis (FEA). Each Ph.D. candidate position will be offered a research assistantship. Some research projects may involve collaborations with the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases (OCRID). Students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


During his/her Ph.D. study, the successful candidate will:


  • Focus on teamwork/collaboration, engineering fundamentals, creativity, and communication development (both written and oral)


  • Establish novel and realistic computer simulation models that will provide quantitative data for assessment of inhaled aerosol transport, deposition, absorption, and translocation in human bodies.


  • Interact with experimentalists and clinical doctors to validate numerical models and theoretical findings.


  • Integrate scientific knowledge on pulmonary disease detection and treatment from multiple aspects in addition to pure computational research.


  • Analyze numerical results and findings to generate new insights with relevance to, but not limited to, pulmonary health risk assessment, pulmonary drug delivery device optimization, non-invasive pulmonary disease diagnosis, etc.


  • Contribute to the preparation of scientific publications and project documentations




  • Meet the admission requirements of the Graduate Program at Oklahoma State University


  • B.S./M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related engineering/science discipline


  • Solid background in Partial Different Equations, Transport Phenomena, Aerosol Science, and Fluid Mechanics.


  • Keen interest in Numerical Methods and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)


  • High motivation, great enthusiasm, and commitment to research excellence


  • Good knowledge of FORTRAN, C, and/or C++ programming languages


  • Good verbal and written English skills


  • Good commercial CFD code skills for ANSYS CFD/Fluent and mesh generation tools are preferred


  • Experience in Lattice-Boltzmann Method (LBM) is preferred


  • Experience in AutoCAD/Solidworks is preferred


  • Experience in turbulence and multiphase flow modeling is preferred


  • Experience in fluid-structure interaction (FSI) modeling is preferred


  • Experience in parallel programming and high-performance computing is preferred.


  • Knowledge of biology, human anatomy, and physiology, as well as pharmaceutical industry, is preferred.


Financial Support:


The qualified candidate will be offered research assistantship (RA) that include tuition waiver plus a bi-weekly stipend.


Close Date:


 Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


How to Apply:


Interested candidates should submit applications to OSU Graduate College at for the M.S./Ph.D. program in Chemical Engineering.  For admission requirements please go to the following website,

School of Chemical Engineering

Oklahoma State University

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