Job ID: 137576


San Diego State University

  • Jan. 31, 2020
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • San Diego State University
    San Diego, CA
  • Feb. 15, 2020
  • Fall semester, 2020
  • Graduate Student
  • Water Resources Engineering
    Optics & Optical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics
    Energy Technology
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
    Engineering - Other

Two funded Ph.D. positions are available in Optofluidic Bio and Energy Systems (OBES) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University (SDSU). We look for highly motivated and hard-working candidates who have multi-disciplinary research experiences in the areas of:

 Microfluidics, Optofluidics, Biofluidics
 Electrowetting devices
 Energy harvesting
 Lab on a Chip
 Multi-physics computational study

The Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) is offered jointly with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and graduates will receive separate Ph.D. degrees from both institutions of SDSU and UCSD. Faculty at SDSU and UCSD collaborate closely in supervising the students as well.

Research focus at the OBES Laboratory is on small-scale fluidic and interfacial phenomena such as electrowetting, triboelectric energy harvesting, and light-interacted micro/nanofluidic manipulation. We further develop novel nanomaterials and micro/nano sensing and actuation systems for bio and energy applications. More information on our research activities can be found on the website ( Candidates interested in the position are asked to send their updated CV and a transcript to Prof. Park at

To be eligible for financial aid, students are required to have a GRE score of at least 159 in Quantitative, 153 in Verbal, and 4.0 in Analytical. If English is not your native language, a TOEFL score of 80 is also required. An application deadline for the Fall semester of 2020 is Feb. 15, 2020.

The city of San Diego enjoys a mild climate year-round and is regarded as one of the most attractive metropolitan areas to live in the United States. The metropolitan area is the hub of several leading industries, including major defense contractors, and bioengineering and semiconductor companies.

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Contact Information

  • Sung-Yong (Sean) Park, PhD
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    San Diego State University
    Optofluidic Bio & Energy Systems (OBES) Laboratory
    San Diego, CA 92182

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