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Early Stage Researcher – Corrosion Engineering of Implants

Are you a rising star in the field of medical engineering, tribology or material science? Would you like to contribute to the development of cutting-edge medical technology in the spine? Do you want to further your career and attain a PhD in one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

You will join a recently funded European Training Network (ETN) Nu-Spine (project ID 812765, call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018). Nu-Spine offers high-level doctoral training to a total of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) of which 4 will be employed at the University of Leeds. The project lead is Prof Cecilia Persson at the University of Uppsala who was previously a Marie Curie ESR in Leeds. 

This ESR position is based in Leeds and will focus on the application of functional coating technologies to reduce wear and corrosion of medical devices used in the spine. This will included the development of advanced corrosion and tribology simulation methodologies and demonstration of prospective coating technologies to be developed as part of the nu-spine project. This project will also feed into the development of biological testing protocols, with the view to enhance current pre-clinical screening methodologies. This project will be supervised by Prof Richard M Hall, Prof Anne Neville and Dr Michael Bryant, in collaboration with several other researchers across the network.

Important eligibility rules for this position: 

There are no restrictions on the nationality, but

  • Applicants must, at the time of recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date that you obtained the degree which would entitle you to embark on a PhD.

  • At the time of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc...) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment under the Nu-Spine project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Mike Bryant, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2161 or email: 

Further information

The Schools in the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences are proud to have been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze or Silver Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. Our equality and inclusion webpage provides more information.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Mechanical Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Off grading structure
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Three years (grant funding))
Release Date:  Monday 30 September 2019
Closing Date:  Thursday 31 October 2019
Reference:  EPSME1009
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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