21/07/2018
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Science 4 Refugees

15 Marie-Curie, Early Stage Researcher Fellowships (3-year PhD positions)


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Institutions across Europe in the UCOM ITN network
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryPhysical chemistry
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    PhysicsComputational physics
    PhysicsThermodynamics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    04/05/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    36 - 40
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813766

We are pleased to advertise 15 Early-Stage Researcher (PhD) positions to begin in 2018/19, as part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission UCOM Ultrasound Cavitation in sOft Materials”. The positions will all last three years and will allow all students to participate in an exciting research and training programme, enhancing their career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sector. The recruited ESRs will be enrolled in a PhD programme. In addition to their individual doctoral projects, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training programme comprising an integrated curriculum of local and network wide training activities related to the development of scientific knowledge and the enhancement of transferable skills.

The project will be coordinated by Prof. M. Gavaises, CITY, University of London.

Beneficiaries include:

1. CITY, University of London (CITY), UK
2. Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), DE
3. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH
4. Sorbonne Universités (SU), FR
5. University of Twente (TWENTE). NL
6. Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), UK
7. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), DE
8. Geneva University Hospital (UNIGE), CH

For each ESR, there is a specific training plan set up, defining the specific knowledge and skills required, including those that are transferable, for them to conduct the research project successfully and equipping them with the essential skills for their future development. At the core of the training programme lie the research projects conducted by the ESRs, which are enhanced by all other training events and activities the consortium provides during the project’s life span.

 

Project Background

Ultrasound cavitation (US), sono-cavitation or acoustic cavitation  applications have extended use in biomedical and industrial fields. A non-exhaustive list of cutting edge applications includes kidney stone lithotripsy, cancer cell histotripsy, cell sonoporation, drug and even DNA delivery and micro-streaming. Cavitation may be used to achieve sono-thrombolysis, drug delivery, cell destruction, dental cleaning, Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) opening, neuro-stimulation and even to provide contrast with application in medical imaging.

The research funded aims to develop state-of-the-art models and to experimentally investigate ultrasound cavitation and cavitation nucleation, with a final goal of harnessing it for the improvement of ultrasound techniques (lithotripsy, histotripsy, drug delivery, etc.) in the biomedical field, surface cleaning methods and devices (shockwave device). Moreover, it aims to investigate the material properties of tissues and soft-matter, fundamental bubble dynamics, thermal effects during bubble collapse and sonochemistry.

Project topics that are offered:

  • ESR 1: Experimental investigation of bubble interaction with pressure waves. (EPFL / Dr Farhat)
  • ESR 2: Sonochemistry and bubble dynamics. (EPFL / Dr Farhat)
  • ESR 3: POSITION COVERED Experimental investigation on the interaction between ultrasound and sono-sensitive. (UNIGE / Prof. Salomir) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 4: POSITION COVERED DNS of bubble nucleation. (SU / Prof. Zaleski) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 5: POSITION COVERED Thermo-chemical effects of collapsing bubbles. (CITY / Prof. Gavaises) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 6: POSITION COVERED Elasticity, bubbles dynamics and resulting stress and strain fields. (OVGU / Prof. Ohl) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 7: POSITION COVERED Characterization of tissue mimicking materials. (ICR / Prof. Gail ter Haar) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 8: POSITION COVERED Cavitation characterisation in tissue mimicking materials. (ICR / Prof. Gail ter Haar) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 9: POSITION COVERED IB method for interacting bubbles close to soft matter. (TWENTE / Prof. Lohse) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 10: POSITION COVERED Material deformation due to collapsing bubbles. (CITY / Prof. Gavaises) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 11: Surface manipulation and volume control of cavitation. (TWENTE / Prof. Lohse)
  • ESR 12: Controlled bubble-soft matter interactions. (TWENTE / Prof. Lohse)
  • ESR 13: Cell/tissue damage models with coupled FV/SPH. (TUM / Prof. Adams)
  • ESR 14: POSITION COVERED Cavitation cloud and tissue interaction. (CITY / Prof. Gavaises) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 15: POSITION COVERED Cavitation in blood vessels and drug delivery. (SU / Prof. Zaleski) POSITION COVERED

Please visit UCOM website for more information: http://ucom-itn.eu/

The UCOM consortium also includes the following academic and non-academic partner organisations:

1. Dornier MedTech Systems Gmbh, GB
2. Precision Acoustics Ltd, GB
3. Guy’s & St Thomas Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, GB
4. King's College London, GB
5. Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, FR
6. University of Tokyo, JP
7. Tsinghua University, CN
8. University of Michigan, US
9. University of Washington at Seattle, US

Benefits

The successful candidates will receive a 36 month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country.The ESRs will be enrolled in a  PhD programme of leading academic and industrial researchers. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from a training programmed tailored to the needs of the project, comprising an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, schools, workshops and engagement with cutting-edge research.

 

Selection process

How to apply

Applicants should send:

  •  letter of motivation,
  • curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages,
  • copy of transcripts and of their degree, and a copy of master's thesis or any other publications  (if available),
  • two written recommendation letters (e.g. one by the former Master thesis supervisor and their referees contact details).

Applications should be send by email to Mr N. Chatziarsenis (nikolaos.chatziarsenis.1@city.ac.uk )

  • under the title 'UCOM Application'
  • specifying the position(s) they are applying for (e.g. applying for ESR7 and ESR9 etc.), choosing from the list of the offered research topics.

 

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryPhysical chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    PhysicsComputational physics
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    PhysicsThermodynamics
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

The applicants:

  • Must have Master (or equivalent) degree in Mechanical or Biofluid Engineering, Physics or Chemistry with solid knowledge of fluid dynamics and its applications
  • Must be in the first 4 years of his/her research career, measured from the date of graduation (MSc degree or equivalent)
  • Should not hold a PhD degree
  • Should not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country of their appointment for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their appointment. For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.
  • Must be able to communicate fluently in English, in oral and written form.

Map Information

Work location(s)
3 position(s) available at
City, University of London
United Kingdom
London
1 position(s) available at
Technische Universitat München
Germany
Munich
2 position(s) available at
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Switzerland
Lausanne
2 position(s) available at
Sorbonne Universités
France
Paris
3 position(s) available at
University of Twente
Netherlands
Enschede
2 position(s) available at
Institute of Cancer Research
United Kingdom
London
1 position(s) available at
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Germany
Magdeburg
1 position(s) available at
Geneva University Hospital
Switzerland
Geneva

EURAXESS offer ID: 326464

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