18/06/2020
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF H2020 (ULPGC) 4D Optimization of degradable biopolymeric scaffolds

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  • OFFER DEADLINE
    05/07/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Las Palmas de Gran Canari
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
  • DEPARTMENT
    Mechanical Engineering department

RESEARCH DESCRIPTION

In the field of tissue engineering and additive manufacturing of scaffolds, development of a methodology to model the degradation process and optimize the scaffold taking into account this degradation. will 1) test under static or dynamic (bioreactor) conditions the degradation process (enzymatic and hydrolytic) of different biomaterials, measuring the weight loss, mechanical properties, molecular weight and degree of crystallinity; 2) develop a degradation model based on experiments as input of the optimization methodology; and 3) implement a methodology for optimizing the geometry and material of the scaffold, taking into account the degradation during the time (4D), by using genetic algorithm, methamodels and design of experiments, based on Finite Elements Analysis (FEA).

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE CENTRE / RESEARCH GROUP / SUPERVISOR

The Fabricación Integrada (CFI) research group comprises 20 researchers from the mechanical engineering and chemical process engineering Dpts. The group has undertaken a considerable amount of research related to Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques mainly involving FDM, SLS, electroforming, rapid tooling and vacuum casting, as well as on polymer processing and bio-composites. Prof. Dr Mario D. Monzón has been a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department of ULPGC since 1989. He is the manager of CFI research group and coordinator of ULPGC PhD programme. His main field is additive manufacturing/rapid prototyping, and polymer processing. He is a convenor of the JWG ISO TC261 “Additive Manufacturing for Plastics”. More than 35 research projects and 13 research contracts with companies, coordinating most of them as main researcher. Around 60 publications and 46 papers. His will be the project coordinator, and will be responsible of training ESRs in bioprinting, characterization of materials and scaffolds (20%). The last relevant projects related to the topic of additive manufacturing/biofabrication are:

•Lifelong Programme-Leonardo Da Vinci: No. 2010-1-ES1-LEO05-21195-KTRM (2010-2012). Knowledge transfer of Rapid Manufacturing

•SUPPORT (DPI2015-71073-R). Improvement of osseointegration of titanium porous structures by design optimization and superficial modification with polymeric coatings.

•FP7- NMP-2012 , SASAM Support action for standardization in additive manufacturing

•BAMOS — H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016/, Biomaterials and Additive Manufacturing: Osteochondral Scaffold innovation applied to osteoarthritis. GA 734156

•BIOAM. Improvement of the biofunctionality of polymeric scaffolds obtained by additive manufacturing. RETOS Investigación MICINN (Spain). DPI2017-88465-R

•BRAINIT. Brain Revealed: Innovative Technologies in Neurosurgery Study. Erasmus +. 2018-1-R001-KA203-049317

•EDM-ADDITIVE. New EDM electrodes manufactured with electrically conductive materials by additive manufacturing. SMART EUREKA CLUSTER. S0110

 

REQUIREMENTS OF CANDIDATES

At the deadline for the submission of proposals (09/09/2020), researchers (*):

  • shall be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.

  • Comply with the mobility rule: you cannot apply for a fellowship in our institution if you do not meet the call mobility rule -> might change depending on the type of MSCA-IF.

  • Proficiency/fluency in English language (including writing).

(*) Further details on the Call and additional eligibility criteria can be found at the Participants´ Portal
SCIENTIFIC SKILLS

The candidate will be a mechanical engineer, manufacturing engineer, materials engineer or bioengineer with interest in additive manufacturing, biomaterials,biofabrication and optimization methods.

 

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please send us the next documents by e-mail before July 5th 2020:

         ☒ CV with the contact details of 2 referees

         ☒ Letter of motivation

         ☒ One-page research project

Contact emails:

Supervisor: Mario.monzon@ulpgc.es

European Projects Office: ope@fpct.ulpgc.es

 

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