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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
Country: Italy
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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Monthly salary:

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: pasquale.vena@polimi.it

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)