The EU-funded MSCA-ITN ‘MgSafe’ investigates a novel combination of imaging technologies for biodegradable magnesium implants in order to promote patient safety.

In total 15 PhD candidates will quantify the physical impact and suitability of a variety of modalities on Mg implants. Highly sophisticated imaging techniques (nano and μCT, MRT, PET, USPA, IR) will be developed beyond the forefront of medical device production. This will be done in vivo and with in situ labelling options to deliver non-invasively data on different time and length scales. The body reaction and material behaviour will be investigated during Mg degradation with a precision and plethora of details, which is currently not available.

The European training network "MgSafe" had a total of 15 PhD positions available. Fortunately, most positions are already filled with excellent candidates.

There are only two PhD projects, for which we are still looking for highly motivated applicants:

Position WB 5/8 with Prof. Mirtaheri in Oslo, Norway, and

Position WB 5/12 at SCANCO Medical in Brüttisellen, Switzerland

P WB 5/8: In vivo monitoring of the body reaction to the implant by using a novel optical probe and near infrared spectroscopy.

Engineer with a background in biomedicine, electronics and/or bio-optics


Project description:

The research topic is focusing on the development and optimisation of an optical near infrared probe for the measurement and analysis of absorption spectra & local perfusion at the implant-tissue interface. The applicant will develop an optical probe for measurements of physiological parameters such as oxygenation, pH and related physiological parameters to compare with morphological changes at the implant’s interface. Standard methods for optical measurement techniques and fibre optical probes will be applied for the design of the probe. In addition, multivariate calibration and Statistical Parameter Mapping (SPM) methods are the main tools applied in this project.

Specific Requirements:

The applicant holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, bio-optics, electronics or any other relevant field with 120ECTS or equivalent level that is approved by NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education). The candidate has average grades of A (best grade) or B within a scale of A-E passing grades in his/her master degree. Furthermore, expertise in the optical instrumentation, calibration and analysis of optical spectroscopy methods, and the validation of measurements is desired. Experience in near infrared spectroscopy, optical characterisation in tissue and analysis of optical data is requested. Experience in developing optical and medical instruments and sensors, and programming skills (e.g. Matlab) is beneficial.

Place of work:

Oslo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering, Oslo, Norway (Dr. Mirtaheri)

Oslo Metropolitan University, Prof. P. Mirtaheri

P WB 5/12: Software development for management and visualisation of multimodal data.

Computer scientist, Mathematician or Materials scientist


Project description:

The research topic is the software development for management and visualisation of multimodal data, development of visualisation methods depicting the evolution of magnesium implants using volume rendering algorithms of any pre-registered multimodal volumes. It also implies the comparison with low-resolution 3D data for the understanding of the processes involved and the development of new contrast imaging techniques for human applications.

Specific Requirements:

The applicant holds a master’s degree in computer science or mathematics, materials science, or related areas. Experience in algorithm developments & image processing - ideally in a biomedical field – is required.

Place of work:

SCANCO Medical AG, Bruettisellen, Switzerland (Dr. B. Koller)


Our Offer

  • Excellent job opportunities in attractive and well-equipped research groups (e.g. nano and μCT, MRT, PET, USPA, IR, microscopy, cell culture and corrosion laboratories)
  • Intense exchange with researchers located in eight European countries
  • Comprehensive academic support program including subject-specific courses, soft skill training, research stays abroad, individual career coaching
  • 3-year employment contract, salaries according to the EU MSCA-ITN regulations


Your general qualifications

(for the specific requirements of the 2 positions we refer to the projects details above)

  • Excellent command of English
  • Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary international team
  • Flexible, creative, self-organised and able to work independently on multiple tasks
  • Experience in publishing
  • Motivation to participate in the projects training program
  • Eligible for MSCA-ITN European Training Networks (criteria below)


Eligibility requirements of MSCA-ITN European Training Networks

Applicants need to be Early-Stage Researchers. They must, at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers (= after acquiring their first MSc degree or similar) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree yet.

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Mobility rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Starting as soon as possible but latest June 1st 2019, the position will be awarded for three years.


How to apply

Please send your application in English indicating the job offer code 2018 WB-5/8 or 2018 WB-5/12, respectively, by email preferably in one pdf file not exceeding 10 MB to application.mgsafe(at)hzg(dot)de. Please DO NOT send applications via email to individual PIs or organisations. Such emails will not be considered.

Make sure that your application includes:

  • a CV which gives an overview of the academic/education history, including a list of courses/exams and grades, the exact award date (day/month/year) of the degree with original transcripts of Bachelor and Master University Degree (or similar) as well as copy of valid identity documents,
  • a list of your publications,
  • a list of skills you acquired during the courses attended at university,
  • a documentation of special skills suitable for the position you apply for,
  • a documentation of your excellent English skills (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE with minimum scores of: TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test), IELTS: 6.5 with no section lower than 5.5, or equivalent),
  • a copy or half-page summary of master/diploma thesis,
  • a letter of motivation (up to 2 pages) which states your research experience and interests and a concrete project plan, which explains how you envisage your work in the project,
  • names and contact information of at least two academic referees who could write a letter of recommendation.

Deadline for applications: this call will close as soon as the position is filled