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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher in Medical Engineering (Implant Debris)

University of Leeds - School of Mechanical Engineering

Location: Leeds
Salary: €62,057 or £52,345.08 (converted salary*) Living allowance, fixed at 62057 per annum including the mobility allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th October 2020
Closes: 31st March 2021
Job Ref: EPSME1035

Do you want to be part of a globally leading research network comprising institutions across Europe? Would you like to learn new skills in medical engineering with a focus on novel surfaces and corrosion? Could you be a future research leader in providing solutions to some of Europe’s most pressing healthcare problems? Do you want to further your career and attain a PhD at one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

Current wear testing involves the removal of the samples from the testing apparatus which disturbs the contact mechanics and lengthens the testing timescales. The project aims to deliver in situ measurement of wear utilising advanced sensors as well as analysing the particulate debris with the lubricating fluid. These activities will be assessed in advanced simulators in collaboration with Lulea Technical University, Uppsala University and Orthotek. The post provides opportunities for enhanced professional development through further collaboration and secondments. To complete this exciting project you will be based in the Institute of Functional Surfaces and have access to world leading equipment including advanced simulators and other devices for both the tribological testing of implants and the characterisation of the surfaces both coated and uncoated. This project will be supervised by Dr Michael Bryant and Prof Richard M Hall.

You will join a recently funded European Training Network (ETN) BioTrib (project ID 956004, call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020). BioTrib offers high-level doctoral training to a total of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) of which 3 will be employed at the University of Leeds. The project lead is Prof Richard M Hall at the University of Leeds. 

Important eligibility rules for this position: 

There are no restrictions on the nationality, but

  • Applicants must, at the time of recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date that you obtained the degree which would entitle you to embark on a PhD.
  • At the time of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc...) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment under the BioTrib project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. 


  • The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher living allowance is fixed at €62,057 per annum including the mobility allowance. This figure is before employer’s and employee’s deductions for national insurance and taxes per year, which will be paid in Sterling using an appropriate conversion rate.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Mike Bryant, School of Mechanical Engineering

Tel: +44(0)113 343 2161 or email:

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences

School/Institute: School of Mechanical Engineering

Section: Institute of Thermofluids

Category: Research

Grade: Off grading structure

Post Type: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years (grant funding))

Release Date: Wednesday 28 October 2020

Closing Date: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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