itn marie curie phd scholarships: manufacturing of medical devices
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itn marie curie phd scholarships: manufacturing of medical devices

Netherlands 24 Feb 2021


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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 12 PhD researchers in advanced manufacturing and surface integrity associated with the micro/nano processing of polymers for such medical devices. These 12 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.

The consortium is now inviting applications for up to 12 highly motivated and talented PhD candidates (Early Stage Researchers, ESRs) for these fully funded positions, as summarised below. 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. ESRs will be employed on a full-time basis and based at one of eight particular host institutions. 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 of each project can be found at the following link:

  • ESR1: Host- UCD, Ireland, Project Title: Development of high strength bonding between pol-ymer and magnesium with micro/nano structures and chemical treatment for bioresorbable stent
  • ESR2: Host- UCD, Ireland, Project Title: Production of micro/nano structured surface on plas-tic microfluidic chip for immobilisation of proteins
  • ESR3: Host- UCD, Ireland, Project Title: Multi-scale 3D printing of hydrogels for vasculature-on-a-chip
  • ESR4: Host- BD, Ireland, Project Title: Design and development of microstructures for low friction polymer surfaces in medical device application
  • ESR5: Host- DTU, Denmark, Project Title: Digital production of a hearing-aid ear mould/dome
  • ESR6: Host- Novo Nordisk, Denmark, Project Title: Precision processing of biobased poly-mers for device concepts in medical
  • ESR7: Host- FHNW, Switzerland, Project Title: Laser processing of transparent and high-per-formance polymers: Embedded optical waveguides, surface texturing for prototype and hy-brid moulds
  • ESR8: Host- University of Twente, Netherlands, Project Title: Laser micro-printing of bio-medical multi-materials (biopolymers and metals)
  • ESR9: Host- University of Twente, Netherlands, Project Title: Laser surface texturing of pol-ymers
  • ESR10: Host- Micronit, Netherlands, Project Title: Laser sealing of polymer microfluidic chips for bio applications
  • ESR11: Host- University di Padova, Italy, Project Title: Development of silicone-free pre-filled plastic syringes by compression moulding of nano-structured surfaces
  • ESR12: Host- University di Padova, Italy, Project Title: Cryogenic machining of UHMWPE acetabular cup inserts


Benefits and Funding

Successful candidates 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. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment.

For more information please visit the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks 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 salary 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, depending on the hosting country) plus an additional monthly mobility and family allowance depending on the family situation. General information is available at this link[1] .

Eligibility and Mobility

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) eligibility criteria apply (summary below, for more detailed information please see this link[1] .)

  • All researchers recruited in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (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.
  • Date of Recruitment normally means the first day of the employment of the fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract or equivalent direct contract).
  • Researchers can be of any nationality
  • There is no age limit.
  • Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: 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. Note that the mobility rule applies to the beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded.
  • 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.

Specific requirements for the SIMPPER_MedDev network:

  • 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.

An ESR’s Key Responsibilities:

  • To manage and carry out their research projects within 36 months
  • To write a PhD thesis
  • To participate in research and training activities within the SIMPPER_MedDev network
  • To write articles for scientific peer reviewed journals
  • To participate in meetings of the different SIMPPER_MedDev consortium bodies
  • 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.
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via public lectures, presentations and the web.

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. The topic is intended as general guidance rather than a precise description of what your research may entail.

Next, 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 . In your application, you should:

  • 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.

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