About the Project
The SIMPPER_MedDev project involves a consortium of 5 leading
European research universities from Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and
the Netherlands, along with 10 industry partners who manufacture important
classes of medical devices and products, and one of Europe’s premier
orthopaedics hospitals. The consortium intends to train PhD researchers in
advanced manufacturing and surface integrity associated with the micro/nano
processing of polymers for such medical devices. These manufacturing PhD
projects are grouped according to whether the processes are either additive, subtractive
or forming, while the applications relate to prostheses and implants, and
devices for drug delivery and medical diagnostics. Funding for these
projects has been provided by the EU under their competitive H2020
MSCA-ITN-2020 (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks) programme
under Grant Agreement No. 956097.
Recruitment will remain open until all positions are filled in 2021.The target start dates for the first positions will be in February-March
2021. They will also spend up to 6-months on secondment at partner
organisations, thereby ensuring that all ESRs will spend time in both academia
and industry, and in at least two different countries. All interested
candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic
background are encouraged to apply.
Further particulars can be found at the following link:
Host- University di Padova, Italy, Project Title: Cryogenic machining of UHMWPE acetabular cup inserts
Eligibility and Mobility
• All researchers recruited in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN must
be Early-Stage Re-searchers (ESRs). An ESR shall, at the time of recruitment by
the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent
research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a
• Researchers can be of any nationality.
• There is no age limit.
• Researcher is required to undertake transnational mobility
(i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One
general rule applies: at the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary,
researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work,
studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months
in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
•For all recruitment, the eligibility and mobility of the
researcher will be determined at the time of their (first) recruitment in the
project. The status of the researcher will not evolve over the life-time of a
• Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in a relevant branch of
engineering, manufacturing, physics or chemistry, as appropriate to their
specific project topic.
• Applications from suitably qualified female applicants are particularly welcome.
• Each beneficiary organisation might have additional
eligibility criteria, e.g. work/study visa, language or other requirements.
These will be clarified in the second stage of the application process.
• To manage and carry out their research projects within 36 months
• To write a PhD thesis
• To write articles for scientific peer reviewed journals
• To write progress reports and prepare results for publication
and dissemination via public lectures, presentations and the web
• To participate in research and training activities within the
• To disseminate their research in the scientific community
(international conferences) and non-scientific community, by outreach and public
• To liaise with the other research staff and students working
in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.
How to Apply:
To begin the process, please first read the descriptions of the
ESR topic. The topic is not firmly fixed, and it may change as
the successful candidate develops their PhD proposal. Write a letter of
application addressed to Dr Nan Zhang and Prof. Michael Gilchrist, project
coordinators. Please send application letters in PDF format by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. In your application:
• introduce yourself, explaining your motivation to join the ITN project network
• describe your previous relevant experience and your best project/research work to date;
• enclose an updated CV including prior education and all publications;
• confirm that you meet the criteria for ESRs under the EU rules
A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner organisations of the network.
For more information visit the Marie Sklodowska website.
The Marie Sklodowska -Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The selected candidates are employed with a full-time contract. The sala-ry follows the Marie Curie- Sklodowska ITN funding Scheme. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment. It consists of a living allowance (approximately €4,000 per month, de-pending on the hosting country) plus an additional monthly mobility and family allowance de-pending on the family situation. General information is available at this link:https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/sites/mariecurie2/files/msca-itn-fellows-note_en_v2.pdf
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