Postdoctoral Researcher – Experimental and Computational Mechanics of Bioabsorbable Medical Devices

National University of Ireland, Galway - Biomechanics Research Centre (BioMec), College of Engineering and Informatics

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher position on experimental and computational mechanics of biodegradable medical devices at the Biomechanics Research Centre (BioMec), College of Engineering and Informatics, National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded through a European Union Horizon-2020 project, ‘InSilc’ (In-silico trials for drug-eluting bioabsorbable vascular scaffold development and evaluation), and and are available from 1st March 2018 to the 28st February 2020.

Compared to permanent bare-metal stents, the design of the next-generation of bioabsorbable vascular scaffold implants is complicated by the range of interacting physiochemical parameters that control material degradation in both polymer- and metal-based devices. Predicting bulk- or surface-based degradation mechanisms in polymer and metal-based bioabsorbable materials is extremely challenging and requires advanced computational material modelling strategies, which consider the physical mechanisms responsible for degradation behaviour. Furthermore, the development of such models must be supported by rigorous experimental testing protocols that evaluate spatiotemporal progression of both mechanical and physiochemical material properties. This aim of this project is to develop an experimentally-informed predictive modelling framework for bioabsorbable vascular scaffolds implants.

This research will be conducted using the equipment, technical expertise, office and research space within the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway. The new 14,000m2 Engineering building houses state-of-the-art Biomedical Engineering facilities including cell culture laboratories, biomechanical testing laboratories, micro-CT scanning, microscopy, research space and computer suites.

Salary €36,850 - €41,000 per annum

Start date: Position is available from March 15th 2018

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. Ted Vaughan at 

To Apply:

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Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm, on Friday 23rd February 2017.

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