Open positions

Those interested in postdoctoral, graduate, or undergraduate positions should send a CV and statement of interest that includes qualifications and career goals to Dr. Forrest Kievit (


  • Neuroscience Ph.D. student or postdoc for testing outcome (behavioral and histological) of our mouse models (TBI, brain cancer, and neurodegenerative disease) after treatment with nanoparticles. See posting.
  • Undergraduate research volunteer positions open for projects including nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, in vitro analyses of nanoparticles in cell lines, mouse model development for brain cancer and brain injury, and image processing.

Biomedical Ph.D. research assistantship (see available in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln for highly qualified and motivated students. Specific openings are listed below. Graduate research assistants will work as part of Dr. Forrest Kievit’s research team to explore the effects of nanoparticle characteristics on their behavior in preclinical models of brain diseases ( Research efforts will contribute to the development of novel nanomaterials that improve the treatment of brain cancer and brain injury with the goal of eventually translating into clinical use. Students will have the opportunity to design and execute experiments, stay up to date with relevant scientific literature, collect, analyze, and interpret data, present findings at conferences and in publications in refereed journals, and assist in preparing grant proposals.

Qualifications: 1) Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field; 2) self-motivated and ability to work both independently and as part of a team; 3) excellent communication skills; 4) previous research experience.

Tuition waiver: A tuition waiver of up to 12 credit hours per semester and 12 credit hours during summer sessions is provided with the graduate research assistantship.

Health insurance: Students on assistantships are provided health insurance at a reduced rate.

Interested students should send a CV and statement of interest that includes qualifications and career goals to Dr. Forrest Kievit. Successful applicants will be contacted and encouraged to formally apply for graduate studies in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. 

Please send cover letter including research and career interests with CV to