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Early-Stage Researcher – Combinatorial Coatings

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. 

The project will investigate the use of different coatings, namely DLC and SiN, including electro-chemical, mechanical and biological testing. This project will be supervised by Prof Anne Neville, Prof Richard M Hall 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. 


The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher living allowance is fixed at €62,057 per annum including the mobility allowance. This figure is before employer’s and employee’s deductions for national insurance and taxes per year, which will be paid in Sterling using an appropriate conversion rate.

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

Professor Anne Neville, School of Mechanical Engineering

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6812 or email: 

Further information

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to have been awarded the Athena Swan 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
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:  Thursday 27 June 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 28 July 2019
Interview Date:  Friday 30 August 2019
Reference:  ENGME1210
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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