27/02/2017
European Research Council

PhD scholarship in biocompatibility of electronic medical implants

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra - ETIC
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    TechnologyMedical technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    23/04/2017 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37'5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2017
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    eAXON-PhD2

 

In the context of an ERC Consolidator Grant recently awarded, the Biomedical Electronics Research Group (BERG) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona is seeking candidates for a PhD scholarship to carry out interdisciplinary research on the biocompatibility of electrical implants.

The project to be supported by the ERC Consolidator Grant is titled “Electronic AXONs: wireless microstimulators based on electronic rectification of epidermically applied currents” (eAXON) and it is intended to explore an innovative method for implementing neuroprosthetic systems based on injectable microstimulators.

In silico, in vitro and in vivo, the PhD student will study the interaction between living organisms and electric current delivery systems. In addition, he or she will participate in the design of the injectable microstimulators of the eAXON project, particularly in those aspects specifically related to biocompatibility issues such as their mechanical conformation and their external materials. He or she will attend international meetings and will report his or her results in scientific journals.

Both independent and team-oriented work will be required. Candidates must be autonomous learners and have strong analytical and problem solving skills, and independent decision-making abilities.

Candidates must have a strong background both in engineering/physics and in life sciences. Candidates with a degree in biomedical engineering are encouraged to apply. Microbiology lab experience is highly desirable. Experience in animal research will be considered very positively. In addition, experience in the following areas will be positively valued (not in order of preference): multiphysics simulation platforms (e.g. COMSOL, ANSYS), histopathology, mechanical and chemical characterization of materials, foreign body response to materials and electrical stimulation.

Candidates must be highly motivated in scientific research and in challenging engineering developments. Very good communication skills in English are essential. Only candidates with very good technical writing skills will be considered.

 

Candidates should fulfil the admission requirements to the doctoral program in Information and Communication Technologies at the UPF. That is, candidates must be able to provide accreditation that they have obtained an accredited undergraduate degree (Bachelor degree or recognized equivalent degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution). Moreover, they must be able to demonstrate that they have obtained or are in position to obtain an accredited graduate/master's degree (equivalent to a Spanish Master Universitario/Oficial, Master's of Research.... ) which enables them to access a PhD program in their home country. Request for admission into the PhD program will be carried out after selection process for the scholarship.

Additional comments

If interested, please apply to this PhD scholarship by sending an email to randp.dtic@upf.edu with a motivation letter, your curriculum vitae and the contact details of two references as a single pdf. Please indicate the reference number eAXON-PhD2 in the subject.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Pompeu Fabra - ETIC
Spain
Barcelona
08018
Roc Boronat 138

EURAXESS offer ID: 185072