15 Marie-Curie, Early Stage Researcher Fellowships (3-year PhD positions)

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Application Deadline: 9 March 2019

We are pleased to advertise 15 Early-Stage Researcher (PhD) positions to begin in 2018/19, as part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission UCOM Ultrasound Cavitation in sOft Materials”. The positions will all last three years and will allow all students to participate in an exciting research and training programme, enhancing their career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sector. The recruited ESRs will be enrolled in a PhD programme. In addition to their individual doctoral projects, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training programme comprising an integrated curriculum of local and network wide training activities related to the development of scientific knowledge and the enhancement of transferable skills.

The project will be coordinated by Prof. M. Gavaises, CITY, University of London.

Beneficiaries include:

  1. CITY, University of London (CITY), UK
  2. Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), DE
  3. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH
  4. Sorbonne Universités (SU), FR
  5. University of Twente (TWENTE). NL
  6. Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), UK
  7. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU), DE
  8. Geneva University Hospital (UNIGE), CH

For each ESR, there is a specific training plan setup, defining the specific knowledge and skills required, including those that are transferable, for them to conduct the research project successfully and equipping them with the essential skills for their future development. At the core of the training programme lie the research projects conducted by the ESRs, which are enhanced by all othertraining events and activities the consortium provides during the project’s life span.

Project Background

Ultrasound cavitation (US), sono-cavitation or acoustic cavitation applications have extended use in biomedical and industrial fields. A non-exhaustive list of cutting edge applications includes kidney stone lithotripsy, cancer cell histotripsy, cell sonoporation, drug and even DNA delivery and micro-streaming. Cavitation may be used to achieve sono-thrombolysis, drug delivery, cell destruction, dental cleaning, Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) opening, neuro-stimulation and even to provide contrast with application in medical imaging.

The research funded aims to develop state-of-the-art models and to experimentally investigate ultrasound cavitation and cavitation nucleation, with a final goal of harnessing it for the improvement of ultrasound techniques (lithotripsy, histotripsy, drug delivery, etc.) in the biomedical field, surface cleaning methods and devices (shockwave device). Moreover, it aims to investigate the material properties of tissues and soft-matter, fundamental bubble dynamics, thermal effects during bubble collapse and sonochemistry.

Project topics that are offered:

  • ESR 1: Experimental investigation of bubble interaction with pressure waves. (EPFL / Dr Farhat)
  • ESR 2: Sonochemistry and bubble dynamics. (EPFL / Dr Farhat)
  • ESR 3: Experimental investigation on the interaction between ultrasound and sono-sensitive. (UNIGE / Prof. Salomir)
  • ESR 4: POSITION COVERED DNS of bubble nucleation. (SU / Prof. Zaleski) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 5: POSITION COVERED Thermo-chemical effects of collapsing bubbles. (CITY / Prof. Gavaises) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 6: POSITION COVERED Elasticity, bubbles dynamics and resulting stress and strain fields. (OVGU / Prof. Ohl) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 7: Characterization of tissue mimicking materials. (ICR / Prof. Gail ter Haar)
  • ESR 8: Cavitation characterisation in tissue mimicking materials. (ICR / Prof. Gail ter Haar)
  • ESR 9: POSITION COVERED IB method for interacting bubbles close to soft matter. (TWENTE / Prof. Lohse) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 10: POSITION COVERED Material deformation due to collapsing bubbles. (CITY / Prof. Gavaises) POSITION COVERED
  • ESR 11: Surface manipulation and volume control of cavitation. (TWENTE / Prof. Lohse)
  • ESR 12: Controlled bubble-soft matter interactions. (TWENTE / Prof. Lohse)
  • ESR 13: Cell/tissue damage models with coupled FV/SPH. (TUM / Prof. Adams)
  • ESR 14: Cavitation cloud and tissue interaction. (CITY / Prof. Gavaises)
  • ESR 15: Cavitation in blood vessels and drug delivery. (SU / Prof. Zaleski)

Please visit UCOM website for more information: http://ucom-itn.eu/

The UCOM consortium also includes the following academic and non-academic partner organisations:

  1. Dornier MedTech Systems Gmbh, GB
  2. Precision Acoustics Ltd, GB
  3. Guy’s & St Thomas Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, GB
  4. King's College London, GB
  5. Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, FR
  6. University of Tokyo, JP
  7. Tsinghua University, CN
  8. University of Michigan, US
  9. University of Washington at Seattle, US

More information here.