Microsystems Engineering

Ph.D. Position Announcement

The Borkholder Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory tackles emerging and long-standing multidisciplinary challenges at the intersection of biological systems and micro/nanotechnology. Research ranges from fundamental science to applied technology; bridging materials science, MEMS, nanomaterials, physiological modeling, animal and human studies, signal processing, imaging, sensors, and embedded systems. The research programs constantly evolve in scope and focus, adapting to new challenges and opportunities. The Lab engages undergraduates, MS, and Ph.D. students, as well as Post-doctoral researchers from electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and microsystems engineering. Strong academic and industrial collaborations provide invaluable expertise that enhances the cross-disciplinary research of this lab.

We seek Ph.D. students at the Borkholder Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory (http://davidborkholder.com/). The student will be enrolled in the Microsystems Engineering program at Rochester Institute of Technology (http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/microsystems/) with Dr. David Borkholder.


  • Background in Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Materials science or closely related field.
  • MS Degree is preferred.
  • Experience with microfabrication, additive manufacturing (e.g., inkjet printing or aerosol-jet printing), electrical/material characterization.
  • English proficiency.


Flexible, available immediately


To be considered for admission to the doctorate program in microsystems engineering, candidates must complete a graduate application and fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in the physical sciences or engineering.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and (if applicable) a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.
  • Submit a minimum of three letters of reference from individuals well qualified to judge the candidate’s ability for graduate study.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


Upon acceptance into the program, the Ph.D. student receives full tuition support and a stipend.


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) offers a unique educational and research program leading to a Ph.D. degree in Microsystems Engineering. The multidisciplinary program builds on the fundamentals of traditional engineering and science, combined with curriculum and research activities addressing the numerous technical challenges of micro- and nano-systems. These include the manipulation of electrical, photonic, optical, mechanical, chemical, and biological functionality to process, sense, and interface with the world at a nanometer scale. The goal is to provide the foundation to explore future technology through research in nano-engineering, design methods, and techniques for micro- and nano-scaled systems.


Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and university transcripts to Dr. David Borkholder (email: David.Borkholder@rit.edu).