Title: Antimicrobial Integrated Methodologies for orthopaedic applications – AIMed
Development and characterization of textured polymer/ceramic composites by ultra-short laser surface treatment
Objectives: (i) To develop textured bioceramic (ZrO2, HA) -biodegradable polymer (PLLA) composites; (ii) Surface functionalization of ceramics and composites by ultra-short laser-based modification methods; To characterize the mechanical, morphological and topographical properties as well as the effect of laser treatment on cells and bacteria response.
Expected Results: (i) Optimisation of process parameters for bulk model ceramics; (ii) Formation of spherical interconnected macroporous ceramics produced by slurry impregnation of an organic bead skeleton; (iii) Formation of tubular macroporous structures obtained by freeze casting; (iv) Additively manufactured complex structures produced by stereolithography; (v) Polymer composites will be developed by PLLA infiltration of the macroporous structures developed above; (vi) Structural and physicochemical characterizations of all developed structures above by scanning electron microscopy focused ion beam, confocal microscopy, 3D microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and contact angle measurements; (vii) Mechanical properties of all developed materials; (viii) Evaluation of cellular response to designed surface models; (ix) Antimicrobial and biocompatibility evaluation; (x) PhD thesis
Main research field Laser physics, material processing for bioapplications (tissue engineering), ultrafast laser micro/nanostructuring
Sub research field (optionally) Biomaterials synthesis, processing
Type of contract fixed-term employment contract
Job status PhD enrolment program
Hours Per Week 40
Application deadline 31.08.2020
Time zone Eastern European
Envisaged job starting date 01.10.2020
Is the job funded through a EU research framework programme?
H2020 / Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
Reference Number ESR13
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement Number 861138
How to Apply
HIRING INFO AND WORK LOCATION
Hiring Organisation & Offer Posting Contact Details
Organisation/Company Institute of electronics- Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Organisation type Academic
Department Laboratory of Micro Nano Photonics
Street 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee Blvd.
Postal Code 1784
Phone +359 886 316420
Work Locations ☒ same as hiring organisation information
Main Research Field Laser physics, material processing for bioapplications (tissue engineering)
Level Master’s degree.
Main Research Field Ultrafast laser micro/nanostructuring
Level Master’s degree.
Strong background in ultra-fast laser physics and knowledge in laser-material interaction. He/she should be able to run complex experiments that involve both physical and biological aspects, as well as the analysis of microscopy images and large sets of data. As such the ability to work across disciplines will be necessary. Knowledge of optical setups of experiments is a requirement. The candidate would have to interact actively with other partners and participate in the project meetings (scientific and administrative aspects).
Our International PhD Fellowship Program welcomes applications from individuals with a degree in the field of surface science and engineering related to the AIMed research activities. The applicants should possess serious records on biomaterial surface processing by means of ultra-fast laser treatment. Knowledge of the processes of laser ablation and modification is a must. Abilities to manage experimental work in ultrafast laser based experiments is basic requirement. Experience in micro- nano-fabrication and synthesis of biomaterials is an advantage.
Additional language is a preference
Website for additional job details https://aimed-itn.eu/
The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married or with children). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding, additional funding is possible depending on local research group). In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skill courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.
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. That means typically, for European (or Worldwide) applicants, in the first four years after their Master’s degree.
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 selection 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: Network fellows (ESRs) 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.
In a first step of the selection procedure, applications will be assessed by the selection committee based on merit and potential, measured in terms of the academic record and personal achievements. Pro-activity, participation in community activities, and capacity for team-work are also taken into account.Applicants will be notified the results of the first evaluation stage by mid September 2020. In the second step of the selection procedure, shortlisted candidates will receive invitations for personal interviews with the AIMed selection committee, planned to take place by end of September 2020. Applicants will be notified accordingly.
The final list with candidates recommended for fellowship concession, as well as reserve candidates, will be available by the 1st of October, 2020
The application should contain the following documents (all provided in English language):
AIMed ESR Application Form to be completed
Cover letter: Refer to AIMed project and ESRs Recruitment procedure, indicate clearly the ESR positions to which you are applying in order of priority (maximum of three). Explain what your motivation is and why you would like to apply for these specific ESR position(s). List your skills that would fit closer to the requirements of the chosen projects, and provide the following supporting evidence:
All official certificates should be provided in their original European language or with an associated official English translation for non-European documents.Meer informatie
|Titel||AIMed – Early Stage Researchers Job advert|
|Employer||Bulgarian Academy of Sciences|
|Job location||1 “15 Noemvri” Str., 1040 Sofia|
|Gepubliceerd||juli 14, 2020|
|Sluitingsdatum||augustus 31, 2020|
|Vakgebieden||Materiaalkunde,   Optica,   Experimentele fysica,   Materiaalchemie,   Biochemie,   Biofysica,   Microbiologie,   Polymeerchemie,   Spectroscopie,    and 2 more. Materiaalfysica,   Laserfysica  |