IMDEA Materials in search of doctoral candidates to carry out cutting-edge research on bioabsorbable medical devices

  • The BIOMEND Doctorate Network aims at bringing together leading experts, cutting-edge research, and a vision for the future of healthcare.
  • The students will carry out innovative research concerning novel metal alloys with bioabsorbable properties.

IMDEA Materials Institute, with its expertise in biodegradable metals for medical applications, aims to advance vanguard medical technologies through the BIOMEND Doctoral Network, a pioneering initiative supported by the European Comission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme.

The Doctoral Network aims to develop the next-generation of bioabsorbable metals for endovascular medical devices (EMDs).

The PhD researchers will be working in various fields of development, from metallic alloy designs and forming, to the in vivo deployment of these devices into live models to assess their performance.

 “It is important to emphasize that this is an industrial doctoral network”, explained Doctor Jon Molina, Deputy Director and Senior Researcher at IMDEA Materials.

“Not only will they be doing scientific research in academic institutions, but each of the students will spend half of the time in a company” explained Dr. Molina. “Within the European Union, this is the best opportunity for a PhD student if he is interested in working on the use of biodegradable metals for biomedical applications”.

BIOMEND, coordinated by the University of Galway, is a consortium of 18 leading academic, industrial, and clinical organisations from across Europe which is offering world-class interdisciplinary training to 15 PhD researchers.

In collaboration with Meotec GmbH and the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), the PhD projects to be carried at IMDEA Materials will involve developing bioabsorbable Magnesium and Zinc Alloys with potential for high electrochemical stability and high ductility.

A third line of research will involve optimising stent designs using computational tools, considering parameters like strut size, surface treatments, and load-bearing capacity.

The positions offer a high monthly salary of €3,400, in line with the international prestige and research excellence of the doctoral network, as well as a mobility allowance of 600 euros and the possibility of a €500 family allowance.

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