07/02/2018
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

NUIG-035-18 Postdoctoral Researcher – Experimental and Computational Mechanics of Bioabsorbable Medical Devices

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    NUI Galway
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    23/02/2018 17:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Ireland › Galway
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    39
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher position on experimental and computational mechanics of biodegradable medical devices at the Biomechanics Research Centre (BioMec), College of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded through a European Union Horizon-2020 project, ‘InSilc’ (In-silico trials for drug-eluting bioabsorbable vascular scaffold development and evaluation), and and are available from 1st March 2018 to the 28st February 2020.

Compared to permanent bare-metal stents, the design of the next-generation of bioabsorbable vascular scaffold implants is complicated by the range of interacting physiochemical parameters that control material degradation in both polymer- and metal-based devices. Predicting bulk- or surface-based degradation mechanisms in polymer and metal-based bioabsorbable materials is extremely challenging and requires advanced computational material modelling strategies, which consider the physical mechanisms responsible for degradation behaviour. Furthermore, the development of such models must be supported by rigorous experimental testing protocols that evaluate spatiotemporal progression of both mechanical and physiochemical material properties. This aim of this project is to develop an experimentally-informed predictive modelling framework for bioabsorbable vascular scaffolds implants.

This research will be conducted using the equipment, technical expertise, office and research space within the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway. The new 14,000m2 Engineering building houses state-of-the-art Biomedical Engineering facilities including cell culture laboratories, biomechanical testing laboratories, micro-CT scanning, microscopy, research space and computer suites.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will be responsible for experimental degradation characterisation of polymer- and metal-based bioabsorbable materials. The successful candidate will be experienced in micro- and macro-level characterisation of mechanical and/or physiochemical behavior of polymer and/or metals. The successful candidate will also support the development of computational models that predict material-level degradation in polymer- and metal-based bioabsorbable biomaterials. Prospective candidates should be highly-motivated to participate in experimental research related to the material degradation and medical device design.

Duties:

The successful candidates will:

  • Carry out accelerated degradation testing on polymer- and metal-based bioabsorbable materials
  • Characterise mechanical and physiochemical properties of bioabsorbable materials.
  • Develop finite element models of material- and device-level degradation.
  • Be Responsible for preparation of project reports on project deliverables.
  • Be responsible for project-related laboratory management
  • Actively participate in national/international conferences and meetings.
  • Publish data in high impact factor journals and/or protect new intellectual property.

 

Qualifications/Skills required.

Essential Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a primary degree and Ph.D. in mechanical or biomedical engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Applicants must have first author publications in leading journals in the field of experimental mechanics, finite element modelling and/or continuum mechanics.
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of a strong background in experimental mechanics of materials.
  • Applicants must have experience in material characterization techniques such as SEM, EDX, DSC, sample preparation for microstructure evaluation and optical imaging.
  • Applicants must have evidence of experience in finite element analysis.
  • Applicants should have excellent communication and organizational skills and should be highly motivated and passionate about development of advanced computational engineering solutions.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in experimental mechanical testing of metallic or polymer materials.
  • Experience in engineering programming languages (e.g. Fortran, C, Matlab, Python).
  • Experience in the development of user defined material subroutines (UMATS).

 

Salary €36,850 - €41,000 per annum

 

Start date: Position is available from March 15th 2018

 

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

 

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway

 

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Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Ted Vaughan at ted.vaughan@nuigalway.ie

Selection process

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (PDF attachments only) to Dr. Ted Vaughan at ted.vaughan@nuigalway.ie

Please put reference number NUIG-035-18 in subject line of e-mail application.

 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm, on Friday 23rd February 2018.

 

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.

 

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

 

 

 

Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

Essential Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a primary degree and Ph.D. in mechanical or biomedical engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Applicants must have first author publications in leading journals in the field of experimental mechanics, finite element modelling and/or continuum mechanics.
  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of a strong background in experimental mechanics of materials.
  • Applicants must have experience in material characterization techniques such as SEM, EDX, DSC, sample preparation for microstructure evaluation and optical imaging.
  • Applicants must have evidence of experience in finite element analysis.
  • Applicants should have excellent communication and organizational skills and should be highly motivated and passionate about development of advanced computational engineering solutions.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in experimental mechanical testing of metallic or polymer materials.
  • Experience in engineering programming languages (e.g. Fortran, C, Matlab, Python).
  • Experience in the development of user defined material subroutines (UMATS).

 

Salary €36,850 - €41,000 per annum

Start date: Position is available from March 15th 2018

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
NUI Galway
Ireland
Galway

EURAXESS offer ID: 278459

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