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
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.
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.
Oslo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering, Oslo, Norway (Dr. Mirtaheri)
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.
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.
SCANCO Medical AG, Bruettisellen, Switzerland (Dr. B. Koller)
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.
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.
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