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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Project title: Optimisation of biomechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of antibacterial glassy alloys

Applications are invited for the post of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher to work with Professor A. Lindsay Greer of the Microstructural Kinetics Group (

Objectives: This project will focus on expanding the accessible range of structures and property combinations of the biocompatible metallic glasses developed in BIOREMIA. It will explore the various mechanical properties and glass-forming ability of the new antibacterial compositions. The work aims to combine processing (such as thermal cycling and heavy surface deformation) with composition optimisation to dramatically improve the bulk mechanical properties and surface patternability (thermoplastic forming). Complementary work will be carried out to study the effects of different relaxation and rejuvenation treatments on metallic glasses structure and properties.

Expected Results: a) Widening the window for effective thermomechanical patterning of BMG surfaces; b) Characterisation of optimal structure-property combinations in biocompatible metallic glasses.

Some experience of experimental characterisation of materials structure and properties is essential. Experience with any of the following techniques would be desirable: differential scanning calorimetry, hardness measurements, mechanical testing, nanoindentation, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction.

The ESR will travel abroad for research secondments at partner organisations of the BIOREMIA Network (e.g. at Goeteborgs Universitet-Sweden, Ashland Specialities Ireland Ltd., Stryker Trauma GmbH -Germany) and will participate in specialised training meetings and international conferences.

Applicants must at the time of recruitment:

1) Be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers

2) Have not resided in United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the last 3 years

3) Have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Degree requirement: Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in Materials Science and Engineering or Physics providing access to PhD programmes and should have experience with experimental research.

Applicants must have excellent proficiency in written and spoken English as indicated on the University website for graduate admissions

Applicants must have strong motivation and ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary and international team.

This position is part of the European Training Network ''BIOREMIA'' dealing with research on novel biofilm-resistant materials for hard tissue implant applications. BIOREMIA offers the possibility to pursue the PhD within the Network at different universities and industrial companies from 10 European countries (Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UK). The duration of the appointment is 3 years starting Summer 2020, and the salary will comprise a living allowance of circa 44,800.00 Euros plus allowances.

Background information on all ESR positions and BIOREMIA Network is available at BIOREMIA ("BIOfilm-REsistant Materials for hard tissue Implant Applications") is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska -Curie grant agreement no. 861046.

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Applicants should apply online, but any questions or queries should be submitted by email to Anna Perkins,

The covering letter should make clear how the application meets the eligibility criteria for participation in a Marie Slodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020.

Please quote reference LJ22149 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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