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12 Early-Stage Researcher positions on BioImplant - A Marie Curie Training Network Developing Improved Bioabsorable Materials for Medical Implant Applications (3-year PhD)

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Project Background: BioImplant Innovative Training Network (ITN) is a European Industrial Doctorate programme that will provide world-class multidisciplinary training to 12 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in the area of bioabsorbable medical implant development.

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. However, several challenges must be overcome to improve the implant performance and enhance long-term outcomes.  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 for medical implants.

Participating Host Organisations: All ESR positions will be jointly hosted by an academic and industry member of the consortium, which comprises of the following organisations:

1.       National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

2.       The Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK (QUB)

3.       RWTH Aachen, Germany (RWTH)

4.       IMDEA Materials Institute , Spain (IMDEA)

5.       Boston Scientific Ltd, Galway, Ireland (BSL)

6.       Vascular Flow Technologies Ltd., Dundee, Scotland, UK (VFT)

7.       Meotec GmbH, Aachen, Germany (Meotec)

8.       ITA GmbH, Aachen, Germany (ITA)

 ESR Projects: There are 12 PhD Fellowship positions available in the BioImplant ITN, with successful candidates undertaking 3-year PhD programmes, co-hosted by academic and industry members of the consortium. All ESR positions involve the development of novel bioabsorbable materials for medical implant applications. Further details about specific ESR projects are available on the recruitment page of the BioImplant ITN website.

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 and a Mobility allowance of €600/month. Additionally, researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates should ideally have backgrounds in Mechanical, Biomedical or Materials Engineering (or a closely related discipline) and must fulfil several eligibility criteria associated Early-Stage Researchers for Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN programmes. More information may be found on the BioImplant ITN website.

 Further Information: Forfurther information, please email Dr. Ted Vaughan on, visit the BioImplant ITN website at or download our CALL FOR APPLICANTS guidance document.

 Application procedure: To submit your application, please complete the online application form, which is available on the BioImplant ITN website through the link:



Closing date for receipt of applications is 23.00 (CET), on 27th January 2019.

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