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  • PhD Research Opportunities In Scaffold Fabrication TechnologiesFor Tissue Engineering

    The Materials Processing Research Centre (MPRC) of Dublin City University (DCU) is seeking to recruit a number of PhD students with backgrounds in mechanical, manufacturing, materials or bioengineering, in materials science or in biotechnology. It is preferable (but not necessary) to have some experience in one of the following: rapid prototyping techniques, powder metallurgy, cell culture techniques, mechanobiology, or ceramic materials science. The projects are funded under a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Training programme.

    The projects are concerned with novel fabrication techniques to produce bioartificial scaffolds for hard and soft tissue applications. Tissue engineering aims to produce patient specific biological substitutes to overcome the limitations of traditional solutions for damaged tissue, such as lack of suitable donor organs or diseased cells. The scaffold aids the delivery of cells when they are implanted and/or provides temporary mechanical support to newly grown tissue. Advanced fabrication methods may be the key to producing scaffolds with customised and controllable geometries and internal morphologies. These characteristics of the scaffold are difficult to achieve using existing methods, but are important to performance.

    In all seven Early Stage Researchers will work on aspects of this project at the MPRC. While distinct projects, many share raw material or application characteristics. The current four projects focus on (1) Plasma Spay of Bio-materials, (2) Three Dimensional printing; Rapid Prototyping Technology (3) Selective Laser Sintering; Rapid Prototyping Technology and 4)Cell behaviour; interaction with scaffolds.

    The researcher in training position will have funding for 3 years. Due to EU regulations for Marie Curie Actions, candidates should be non-Irish nationals and preferably from an EU Member State or Associated State. The research experience of candidates must be less than 4 years (full-time equivalent). Applications from women candidates are particularly welcome.

    Please indicate any laboratory work or computer modelling experience in your application. Give the grade of your primary degree and position in your class group. (If these are not available by close of applications, provide most recent results) Include a brief statement as to why you want to work in this area, and what motivates you to pursue a research career.

    Contract Type: Temporary

    Contract Duration: 3 Years

    Deadline for Application: 15th June 2006

    Start Date: 1st October 2006

    Remuneration: Approx. €30,550 p.a.*. Each fellow will also be entitled to receive additional benefits such as travel and mobility allowances (up to €9,000*) and career development allowances.

    * Subject to taxation

    To apply for one of these positions, please send a detailed Curriculum Vitae to:

    Dr. Garrett McGuinness

    Materials Processing Research Centre

    School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

    Dublin City University


    Phone: +353 1 7005423

    Fax: +353 1 7005345