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  Multijet cold plasma for medical applications: physical and electrical characterization, optimization and safety assessment


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  Dr Eric Robert  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Short overview of PlasmACT:

The PlasmACT network brings together 5 beneficiaries and 10 associated partners, located in 5 different countries (Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg). Eight Doctoral candidates will enjoy a multi-disciplinary and international environment with plenty of training opportunities and exchange with all institutions involved in the network.

Project Description:

The quality of human (and veterinary) health care systems substantially depends on key innovations. Often, these were driven by the field of physics, followed by interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial actions in engineering, chemistry, biology, and medicine. By using beyond state-of-the-art plasma multijet technology, the primary technical objective of PlasmACT is to support skin cancer prevention by medical gas plasma therapy of Actinic Keratosis.

This project will be supervised by Dr. Eric Robert, CNRS Research Director, head of the plasma for biomedical applications group at GREMI. The PhD candidate will take care of the plasma jet's physical and electrical characterization, optimization, and safety evaluation. The student will compare different configurations of plasma jet and multijet reactors. The student will learn to use an ample variety of instruments and techniques such as iCCD cameras, Schlieren, optical emission and absorption spectroscopy, electrical high voltage measurements, infrared cameras. The data and insight acquired by the student will contribute to the improvement of the multijet technology and to the final development of a medical device based on this. The PhD student will also acquire knowledge on EU medical devices guidelines with a special focus on novel international guidelines for plasma medical devices. In addition, two secondments to an academic and industrial partner institution are already planned to broaden the network and differentiate the student's skills and knowledge. Furthermore, the project provides ample opportunities for professional exchange and networking with other academic and industrial partners. At the end of the project, the PhD student will likely have acquired the following competences:

-             Research and Development methodology

-             Advanced knowledge in cold plasma physics

-             Knowledge in medical devices international standards

-             Presentation and reporting skills

-             European network of contacts both in the academic and industrial sector

The expected starting date is in June 2024.

About GREMI:

GREMI is a joint laboratory of CNRS and the University of Orleans. Research focuses on plasma and laser processes and their applications in various fields: e.g., energetics, materials, microelectronics, nanotechnologies, biology (medicine, agriculture, and cosmetics), metrology, radiation sources, propulsion, transport, and environment. GREMI gathers 22 tenured researchers and research faculty members, about 25 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, and 11 CNRS engineers, technicians, and administrative staff. In addition, GREMI is associated with Polytech’Orléans engineering school, one of three faculties at the University of Orléans. Founded in 1306, the University of Orléans is one of the oldest European universities and currently enrolls 19,000 students.

Eligibility criteria:

· Applicants must be doctoral candidates, i.e not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of recruitment

· Master of Science degree or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, Electrical/Energy/Mechanical/Automation Engineering

· Previous experience in laboratory research (ex. internship, project, etc…) is required

· The GREMI laboratory is a Zone à Regime Restrictif (ZRR). Applicants applying for a position in the GREMI laboratory must obtain a security clearance issued by the French Ministry of Defense in order to work there.

· Mobility rule: researchers must not have carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) at the host country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their recruitment date

· DC applicants must fulfil the local recruiting requirements

· Excellent English language skills

· Strong communication skills, ability to work in a team

Experience/skills in one of the following domain are appreciated:

·       Experience in atmospheric pressure plasma

·       Programming skills (ie. Matlab and Phyton)

·       Knowledge in image analysis

·       Skills in electrical measurements

·       Skills in 3D design

Where to apply:

Please visit: https://plasmact.eu/vacancies/

Candidates should apply with PlasmACT DN application form available on the project website (www.PlasmACT.eu) and transcripts as a single file via email. The GREMI laboratory is a Zone à Regime Restrictif (ZRR).Therefore, applicants must submit their application form together with a completed ZRR application (also available on the project website) including a scan of their identity card/passport and a CV.

The application deadline is on 11.03.2024

Selection Process:

Submitted applications will be evaluated according to the European Code of Conduct for Recruitment (https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews expected in April 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be notified about the selection process outcome.

Applicants interested in the position will also have to apply to the PhD Program. Employment will be conditioned by acceptance to the program.

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Funding Notes

Doctoral candidates are offered a competitive remuneration based on the MSCA allowances in line with the MSCA Work Programme 2021-2022.
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