Micro- and macro-mechanical characterization of materials and devices and in-silico Models
Project title: Micro- and macro-mechanical characterization of materials and devices and in-silico Models
Recruiting and hosting institution: Politecnico di Milano
PhD enrollment: Politecnico di Milano
Supervisors: Politecnico di Milano (I): P. Vena, LITHOZ GmbH (AT), M. Schwentenwein
Objectives: Mechanical and physical characterization of materials and implants at the micro- and macroscopic length scale and creation of reliable in-silico models for bone-substitute implants.
Expected Results: Insight into the relationship between the material composition/manufacturing technology and the biomechanically relevant material/implants properties, e.g. stiffness, strength and toughness. The final results will be in-silico models of micro-structured bone-substitute implants with reliable mechanical properties of constituent materials (GC and GC composites).
Description: DC2 position is about investigating the following aspects
- Innovative Mechanical Characterization: the DC will design and craft experimental setups to characterize ceramic materials developed through Vat Photopolymerization. Get hands-on with miniaturized samples, exploring multi-material systems and composites. The final aim will be the correlation between the manufacturing process parameters with material properties and residual stresses resulting from the sintering process.
- Development of advanced computational models. These models will not only simulate laboratory experiments but also account for the intricacies of multi-material systems, including the impact of residual stresses. The mechanical properties of bone tissue scaffolds will be investigated by employing a dual approach, combining micro-mechanical laboratory tests with advanced numerical modelling. The data obtained from the mechanical characterization and computational models will seamlessly feed into the macroscopic scale models. Utilize Micro-CT scanning to unravel the mesmerizing 3D architectures of bone tissue scaffolds will drive the development of Micro-CT based finite element models accounting for the spatial gradient of the morphological properties. The models validated by the mechanical testing of 3D-printed scaffolds with prescribed architecture will offer a unique glimpse into their manufacturing process.
The Doctoral Candidates will interact with other members of the project’s DCs in a multidisciplinary setting by taking part in training sessions and workshops. Each DC will also conduct secondments in order to broaden her/his scientific understanding of the project’s subject and develop soft skills.
Required profile/research interests:
- Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Materials Engineering or related fields.
- The degree must be completed with good grades, latest by the start of the recruitment.
- Proficiency in the English language (both written and spoken): CAMBRIDGE ≥ FCE grade B (or equivalent).
- Good communication skills and the ability to work as a part of a team and independently.
The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Doctoral Researchers for a 3-year contract (full time employment). The salary includes a living allowance (gross amount: €3311,60 per month), plus a mobility allowance (€600 per month), and a family allowance (€650 per month if applicable). The precise (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment.
In addition, such a monthly salary, all REBONE fellows will benefit from a wide range of training and mentoring activities, which includes secondments to be organised at the premises of the REBONE Beneficiaries and Associated Partners, as well as of a wide variety of training modules (related to both scientific and transferable skills).
Where to request additional information for this position:
Prof. Pasquale Vena, email: email@example.com
In order to complete the application procedure please prepare in advance the following documents:
- Application summary and Privacy consent (pdf file, please download the form HERE)
- CV using the European template (pdf file)
- List of publications (pdf file, free format)
- Copy of up to three selected publications, if available (zip file with three selected publications)
- Certificate of English language (pdf file)
- Signed copy of Identity card/Passport (pdf file)
- Motivation letters (pdf file)
- Two recommendation letters (zip file with two pdf)
- A research proposal: A document with no more than 8000 characters (excluding Bibliography) describing a potential research activity pertinent to the specific topic of the DC to be recruited. Figures and tables are allowed. Template provided. (pdf file, please download the template HERE)