The manufacturing and surface integrity associated with the micro processing of polymers for medical devices is a scientific and technical challenge. The European Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN research project SIMPPER MedDev address these challenges and involves a consortium of 5 leading European universities, 10 industry partners who manufacture medical devices, and an orthopaedics hospital.
We are looking for a PhD-candidate to strengthen our research team, who will work on laser-based manufacturing for medical devices. You will be part of a cohort of 12 international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral early stage researchers and will be trained in personal, professional, academic, technical and intellectual skills.
The PhD project:
Laser micro-printing of biomedical multi-materials Laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) is an innovative Additive Manufacturing process in which a small volume (e.g. 5 femtolitre) of a thin donor film is transferred to a substrate via a laser beam. In this project you will study the fundamentals of, and develop strategies to, combine metals and polymers via LIFT. This study is crucial for manufacturing of medical devices, as is LIFT of pure metals directly into curved polymers with high mutual adhesion. These challenges need to be overcome to obtain high mechanical stability, reproducibility and good adhesion for medical devices. The project is in collaboration with an industrial partner, and industrial and academic secondments are part of the project.
For more details, please refer to the project page
Information and application
Submit your application no later than April 5th, 2023 , using the “apply now” button below and please include:
- A motivation letter.
- Curriculum Vitae
Additional information about this position can be obtained from the website of the Chair of Laser Processing or with dr Matthias Feinaeugle, Department of Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces & Systems (MS3), University of Twente, see for contact details: M. Feinaeugle
We plan to hold a round of interviews in the week of April 10, 2023.
A Game-Based assessment can be used in the selection procedure.
About the organisation
The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.