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Position Filled: ITN Marie Curie PhD scholarships: Manufacturing of Medical Devices, : Production of micro/nano structured surface on plastic microfluidic chip for immobilisation of proteins

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 Manufacturing Engineering Mechanical Engineering Nanotechnology

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: 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

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



• 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


• 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


• 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

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:

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