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04-20-2009, 05:43 PM
2 PhD Fellowships at Politecnico di Milano (http://www.polimi.it)

IMPORTANT: The closing date for the online applications is Thursday 30th
April 2009.

Applications are invited for two fully-funded, full-time PhD studentships to
work in the area of ‘Design and testing of endovascular medical devices’
within MeDDiCA - Medical Devices Design in Cardiovascular Applications, a
Marie Curie Initial Training Networks - ITN Project (Call:
FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008). MeDDiCA partners are: University College London,
University of Sheffield, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, University of
Amsterdam, Politecnico di Milano, ANSYS UK Ltd, CNRS – Université de
Technologie de Compiègne, University of Technology Eindhoven, Istituto
Superiore di Sanità Roma, University of Oslo, Philips S&T, Institut de
Recherche sur les Phénomènes hors Equilibre, Invatec S.r.l., Nobil Bio
Ricerche S.r.l., Hemolab b.v.
The two research projects will be carried out at the Laboratory of
Biological Structure Mechanics (LaBS), Dept. of Structural Engineering,
Politecnico di Milano.

PROJECT 1: Design and development of resorbable stents

This project will contribute to the development of novel biodegradable
stents with porous surfaces suitable for the inclusion of a drug. The
challenge is to ensure that in vivo degradation will occur at a suitably
controlled rate. The effects of different technologies available for stent
manufacture (e.g. laser cutting) and coating deposition will be
investigated. The study will include: i) in vitro mechanical
characterisation of stent materials and structure; ii) numerical simulation
of confined stent expansions and iii) experimental assessment of the
mechanical properties of stent coatings. The ideal candidate for Project 1
is expected to hold a sound background in computational solid mechanics.
Previous experience with experimental material testing will be valued, too.

PROJECT 2: Design and development of drug eluting stents and delivery

This project aims to improve the design of innovative drug eluting stents as
well as delivery devices and embolic protection systems by exploiting the
industrial prototyping facilities at industrial Partners. This project will
include: i) numerical simulation of mass drug transport in the
coating/reservoir, in the vessel wall and in the bloodstream, ii) numerical
simulations of fluid dynamics in the stenotic artery, either in the presence
of the stent, or in the presence of a deployed embolic protection system and
iii) in vitro testing of catheter and protection system prototypes to
identify the mechanical and fluid dynamic parameters of the devices. The
ideal candidate for Project 2 is expected to hold a sound background in
computational fluid dynamics and mass transport. Previous experience with
device in vitro experimental testing will be valued, too.

Both positions are fully funded for 3 years with a competitive salary.
Successful applicants will receive a salary according to the provisions
established by the European Commission for Early Stage Researchers in the
Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008).

Students will carry out a research project that will lead to the award of a
PhD degree.

IMPORTANT: Admission to the BIOENGINEERING Doctoral Program at Politecnico
di Milano requires an online preregistration by 30th April 2009. The
evaluation process will take place in June/July 2009. A candidate may apply
even if he/she has not been awarded his/her second level degree (Master
level) yet, provided he/she will be awarded it by the end of 2009
For further details and application forms visit:
or contact Prof Gabriele Dubini (gabriele.dubini@polimi.it).
The closing date for the online applications is: Thursday 30th April 2009.

Marie Curie conditions of nationality and mobility of researchers

The following two rules apply to the appointments: i) researchers must be
nationals of a country other than Italy and ii) researchers must not have
resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Italy for
more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of
selection by Politecnico di Milano (short stays such as holidays are not
taken into account).

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