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
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: Production of micro/nano structured surface on plastic microfluidic
chip for immobilisation of proteins
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
• 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
• 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
[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
• describe your previous relevant experience and your best
project/research work to date;
• enclose an updated CV including prior education and all
• 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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