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Position Filled: ITN Marie Curie PhD scholarships: Manufacturing of Medical Devices, Development of high strength bonding between polymer and magnesium with micro/nano structures and chemical treatment for bioresorbable stent

   School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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  Prof M Gilchrist, Dr NZ Zhang  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Dublin Ireland Mechanical Engineering Nanotechnology Materials Science

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:

ESR1: Host- UCD, Ireland, Project Title: Development of high strength bonding between polymer and magnesium with micro/nano structures and chemical treatment for bioresorbable stent

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 doctoral degree.

• 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 contract


• 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.

Key Responsibilities:

• 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 SIMPPER_MedDev net-work

• To disseminate their research in the scientific community (international conferences) and non-scientific community, by outreach and public engagement

• 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 [Email Address Removed]. In your application:

• introduce yourself, explaining your motivation to join the ITN project network, and indicate your preferred project topics (ranked #1, #2 and #3);

• 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

Funding Notes

Successful candidate will be employed for a maximum period of three years full-time equivalent and receive a generous financial package plus an additional mobility and family allowance according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN). ESRs will be employed either by a university or a partner company.
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.


Employment Conditions
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: