Materials Scientist, Dentist, Medical Scientist  Molecular and structural analyses during bone healing and soft-tissue inflammation.

Materials Scientist, Dentist, Medical Scientist Molecular and structural analyses during bone healing and soft-tissue inflammation.

University of Gothenburg (GU)

Gothenburg, Sweden

The European Training Network “MgSafe” is offering in total

15 PhD positions

in the area of magnesium implant imaging

The EU-funded MSCA-ITN ‘MgSafe’ investigates a novel combination of imaging technologies for biodegradable magnesium implants in order to promote patient safety.

The PhD candidates will quantify the physical impact and suitability of a variety of modalities on Mg implants. Highly sophisticated imaging techniques (nano and μCT, MRT, PET, USPA, IR) will be developed beyond the forefront of medical device production. This will be done in vivo and with in situ labelling options to deliver non-invasively data on different time and length scales. The body reaction and material behaviour will be investigated during Mg degradation with a precision and plethora of details, which is currently not available.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates for the following PhD project (please find more detailes on the website www.mgsafe.eu ):

P4: Materials Scientist, Dentist, Medical Scientist
Molecular and structural analyses during bone healing and soft-tissue inflammation.

Project description:
The research topic focuses on the biological reactions to biodegradable Mg-based implants and aims at evaluation of the cellular and molecular events during healing and implant degradation. Furthermore, the structural evolution during healing will be studied using a range of microscopy and spectroscopy techniques in order to gain an increased understanding of how degradable materials influence the structural parameters of bone as compared to healing around permanent materials such as titanium. The knowledge generated in this project is of fundamental importance for the translation to safe clinical use.

The specific research questions addressed during the project are:

  • How does the implant degradation affect the cellular and molecular events in the bone-implant interface?
  • How do these events relate to the structure and function of the bone implant interface with regard to composition and mechanical properties?

The project involves state-of-the-art, cellular and molecular techniques and a broad range of microscopy techniques to evaluate the different hierarchical levels of osseointegration, from molecular events and nanoscale interactions to macroscale function. Further, the project includes experimental in vivo models.

Specific Requirements:
The applicant holds a master’s degree in materials science, dentistry, medicine, or related areas.
Place of work:
Department of Biomaterials, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden (Prof. P. Thomsen)
University of Gothenburg, Department of Biomaterials

Our offer:

  • Excellent job opportunities in attractive and well-equipped research groups (e.g. nano and μCT, MRT, PET, USPA, IR, microscopy, cell culture and corrosion laboratories)
  • Intense exchange with researchers located in eight European countries
  • Comprehensive academic support program including subject-specific courses, soft skill training, research stays abroad, individual career coaching
  • 3-year employment contract, salaries according to the EU MSCA-ITN regulations

Your general qualifications:

  • Research-based master’s degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) in a subject related to the respective position
  • Excellent command of English
  • Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary international team
  • Flexible, creative, self-organised and able to work independently on multiple tasks
  • Experience in publishing
  • Motivation to participate in the projects training program

Mobility requirements of MSCA-ITN European Training Networks:

Applicants need to be Early-Stage Researchers. They must, at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers (= after acquiring MSc degree or similar) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree yet.

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Mobility rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Starting from April 1st 2019, the positions will be awarded for three years.

How to apply:

Please send your application in English indicating job offer code no. 2018/WB 5-P4 by email preferably in one pdf file not exceeding 10 MB to application.mgsafe@hzg.de. Please DO NOT send applications via email to individual PIs or organisations. Such emails will not be considered.

Make sure that your application includes:

  • a CV which gives an overview of the academic/education history, including a list of courses/exams and grades, the exact award date (day/month/year) of the degree with original transcripts of Bachelor and Master University Degree (or similar) as well as copy of valid identity documents,
  • a list of your publications,
  • a list of skills you acquired during the courses attended at university,
  • a documentation of special skills suitable for the position you apply for,
  • a documentation of your excellent English skills (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE with minimum scores of: TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test), IELTS: 6.5 with no section lower than 5.5, or equivalent),
  • a copy or half-page summary of master/diploma thesis and
  • a letter of motivation (up to 2 pages) which states your research experience and interests and a concrete project plan, which explains how you envisage your work in the project,
  • names and contact information of at least two academic referees who could write a letter of recommendation.

Deadline for applications: 15.12.2018

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Materials Scientist, Dentist, Medical Scientist Molecular and structural analyses during bone healing and soft-tissue inflammation.