12 Early-Stage Researcher positions on BioImplant ITN - Developing Improved Bioabsorable Materials for Medical Implant Applications (3-year PhD)

Employer: Multiple Insitutions
Job location
Multiple Locations
Job salary
Living Allowance €3110/month, Mobility allowance of €600/month. ESRs may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation.

Job term
36 Months
Job closing date

Project Background:

BioImplant ITN is a European Industrial Doctorate (EID) programme that that will provide world-class multidisciplinary training to 12 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in the area of bioabsorbable medical implant development. Successful candidates will undertake 3-year PhD programmes in the area of bioresorbable implant development, co-hosted by academic and industry members of the consortium, with positions preferably starting in July 2019

Research Programme:

Bioabsorbable materials are a category of biomaterial that gradually degrade when implanted in the body. These biomaterials have the potential to form the basis for the next-generation of vascular and orthopaedic medical implants as they avoid late-stage complications associated with conventional permanent implants. The BioImplant ITN programme will tackle key technological challenges in this area by bringing together EU partners with leading expertise in the areas of polymer- and metal-based bioabsorbable materials to develop state-of-the-art biomaterials with application potential in vascular and orthopaedic implants. BioImplant ITN will provide world-class multidisciplinary training to a new generation of high-achieving early stage researchers (ESRs) in the area of medical implant development. A well-balanced consortium of academic, industry and clinical participants, with complementary research skills and training expertise, has been assembled to deliver the programme, which spans a number of EU countries (Ireland, UK, Germany and Spain) and industry sectors to promote international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral aspects of ESR skill development.

Participating Host Organisations:

All ESR positions will be jointly hosted by an academic and industry member of the consortium, with all successful candidates hosted for at least 18 months at industry partners. The multidisciplinary training programme delivered to early-stage researchers during the BioImplant ITN programme will enhance career development and employability, promoting their development into leading innovators in the European Medical Technology sector. Selected researchers will enroll in one of the 12 ESR positions available across the host organisations of the BioImplant ITN:

  1. National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland (NUIG)
  2. The Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK (QUB)
  3. RWTH Aachen, Germany (RWTH)
  4. IMDEA Materials Institute (IMDEA Materials)
  5. Boston Scientific Ltd, Galway, Ireland (BSL)
  6. Vascular Flow Technologies Ltd., Dundee, Scotland, UK (VFT)
  7. Meotec GmbH, Aachen, Germany (Meotec)
  8. ITA TextilTechnologieTransfer GmbH, Aachen, Germany (ITA)

ESR Projects:

Applications are now invited for 12 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions on the BioImplant ITN

For further details about the BioImplant ITN and these ESR positions, please visit our website https://www.bioimplantitn.eu

ESR 1: Material and process optimisation to develop stiffened polymer bioresorbable vascular stents

Host Academic: Queens University Belfast (QUB), Northern Ireland, UK

Host Industry: Boston Scientific Limited (BSL), Galway, Ireland

Lead Supervisors: Dr. Alex Lennon (QUB), Dr. Aiden Flanagan (BSL).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 2: Design, development and characterisation of novel polymer- and ceramic-based coating technologies to control degradation rates for magnesium alloy stent.

Host Academic: Queens University Belfast (QUB), Northern Ireland, UK

Host Industry: Boston Scientific Limited (BSL), Galway, Ireland

Lead Supervisors: Dr Savko Malinov (QUB), Dr. Jan Weber (BSL).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 3: Modelling and design of a polymer bioabsorbable, spiral laminar flow (SLF) stent for peripheral artery applications, to deliver optimal flow and mechanical performance.

Host Academic: National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Galway, Ireland

Host Industry: Vascular Flow Limited Ltd. (VFT), Scotland, UK

Lead Supervisors: Dr. Ted Vaughan (NUIG), Craig Dunlop (VFT).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 4: Multiphysics modelling and experimental validation of degradation of magnesium alloy with different coating technologies for vascular stent and orthopaedic implant applications

Host Academic: National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Galway, Ireland

Host Industry: Meotec GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Lead Supervisors: Dr. Ted Vaughan (NUIG), Alex Kopp (Meotec).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 5: Selective laser melting of magnesium powder materials to optimise mechanical performance and degradation rates and development of novel orthopaedic trauma plate.

Host Academic: Queens University Belfast (QUB), Northern Ireland, UK

Host Industry: Meotec GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Lead Supervisors: Dr. Savko Malinov (QUB), Alex Kopp (Meotec).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 6: Post-processing effects and prediction of long-term performance for bioresorbable composites for vascular stent and orthopaedic implant applications.

Host Academic: Queens University Belfast (QUB), Northern Ireland, UK

Host Industry: Boston Scientific Limited (BSL), Galway, Ireland

Lead Supervisors: Prof Fraser Buchanan (QUB), Dr. Jan Weber (BSL).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 7: Experimental investigation and testing of a bioabsorbable, spiral laminar flow stent for peripheral artery applications, including materials development, prototype design, manufacture (including additive manufacturing) and performance characterisation.

Host Academic: National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Galway, Ireland

Host Industry: Vascular Flow Limited Ltd. (VFT), Scotland, UK

Lead Supervisors: Dr. Ted Vaughan (NUIG), Craig Dunlop (VFT).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 8: Patient-customized and load-orientated self-reinforced polymer fibre and textile-reinforced composite structures for bone fixation

Host Academic: Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies (IMDEA), Madrid, Spain

Host Industry: ITA TextilTechnologieTransfer GmbH (ITA), Aachen, Germany

Lead Supervisors: Prof Javier Llorca (IMDEA Materials), Markus Beckmann (ITA).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 9: Development of next-generation bioabsorbable polymer stent with increased strength and stiffness properties, employing polymer textile macrostructures and optimised stent design techniques.

Host Academic: RWTH Aachen (RWTH), Aachen, Germany

Host Industry: Boston Scientific Limited (BSL), Galway, Ireland

Lead Supervisors: Prof. Thomas Gries (RWTH), Dr. Aiden Flanagan (BSL).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 10: Development of novel bioabsorbable materials for orthopaedic implant applications with optimised mechanical/degradation properties, using innovative fibre spinning and textile structures.

Host Academic: National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Galway, Ireland

Host Industry: ITA TextilTechnologieTransfer GmbH (ITA), Aachen, Germany

Lead Supervisors: Dr. William Ronan (NUIG), Markus Beckmann (ITA)

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 11: Development of magnesium fibre-reinforced polymer composite with optimised mechanical and degradation properties for orthopaedic implant applications

Host Academic: Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies (IMDEA), Madrid, Spain

Host Industry: Meotec GmbH, Aachen, Germany

Lead Supervisors: Prof Javier Llorca (IMDEA Materials), Alex Kopp (Meotec).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

ESR 12: Development of a 3D printed bioabsorbable composite materials for orthopaedic applications.

Host Academic: Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies (IMDEA), Madrid, Spain

Host Industry: ITA TextilTechnologieTransfer GmbH (ITA), Aachen, Germany

Lead Supervisors: Dr. Claudio Lopez  (IMDEA Materials), Markus Beckmann (ITA).

To apply for this position please visit: https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants need to fully comply with four eligibility criteria:

Academic Qualification: The applicant has obtained a Degree that formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate in the host country. The degree should be in the area of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Material Science/Engineering or Physics (or related disciplines).

Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Please note applicants cannot already hold a PhD.

Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of appointment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

English language: ESR candidates must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. Non-native English speakers are required to provide evidence of English language competency before the appointment is made. An IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent, is the minimum requirement.

Benefits and salary

The MSCA-ITN programme offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.

Exact salary will be confirmed upon offer and will be based on

  • Living Allowance of €3110/month to be paid in currency of country where based and with a correction factor to be applied per country + m
  • Mobility allowance of €600/month.
  • Additionally, researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation.

Taxation and Social Contribution deductions based on National and Institutional regulations will apply and will be deducted from the gross payment highlighted above. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes the opportunity to register for a PhD degree, scientific skills courses, transferable skills courses, active participation in workshops and conferences, and secondments to partner labs.

Application procedure:

To submit your application, please complete the online application form, which is available on the BioImplant ITN website https://bioimplantitn.eu/application/.

Your application consists of two parts:

1. An online application form: In the online form, you are requested to fill in information that is aimed to facilitate the eligibility check of your application and to identify the ESR position(s) you are applying for.

2. PDF Application File: You must also upload a Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter in a single PDF file when submitting this application form.

Informal enquiries concerning any of these posts may also be made to bioimplant@nuigalway.ie      

Please download our CALL FOR APPLICANTS guidance document for more details about the BioImplant ITN programme.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.

Locations

4 ESR position(s) available at

National University of Ireland, Galway

Ireland

Galway

4 ESR position(s) available at

Queens University Belfast

United Kingdom

Belfast

3 ESR position(s) available at

IMDEA: Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies

Spain

Madrid

1 ESR position(s) available at

RWTH Aachen

Germany

Aachen

Funding

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant No. 813869