The EU-funded MSCA-ITN ‘MgSafe’ investigates a novel combination of imaging technologies for biodegradable magnesium implants in order to promote patient safety.

In total 15 PhD candidates will quantify the physical impact and suitability of a variety of modalities on Mg implants. Highly sophisticated imaging techniques (nano and μCT, MRT, PET, USPA, IR) will be developed beyond the forefront of medical device production. This will be done in vivo and with in situ labelling options to deliver non-invasively data on different time and length scales. The body reaction and material behaviour will be investigated during Mg degradation with a precision and plethora of details, which is currently not available.

The European training network "MgSafe" had a total of 15 PhD positions available. Fortunately, most positions are already filled with excellent candidates.

There is only one PhD project left, for which we are urgently looking for highly motivated applicants:

Characterisation of corrosion layer structure and composition in explants.

(Bio)materials scientist or Chemist


Place of work

Biomaterials Group, Materials Design Division, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland (Prof. W. Swieszkowski)

Website: Warsaw University of Technology, Biomaterials Group

Project description

The research topic is the characterisation of the corrosion layer structure and composition in explanted implants (explants). The applicant will characterise surface and interface properties as well as the topography of Mg-explants after in vivo degradation. He/she will operate equipment like SEM, TEM, EDX and AFM including sample preparation. Additional knowledge in the area of biomaterials is required.

Your general qualifications

  • Research-based master's degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) in a subject related to the respective position
  • Excellent command of English
  • Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary international team
  • Flexible, creative, self-organised and able to work independently on multiple tasks
  • Experience in publishing
  • Motivation to participate in the projects training program


Specific Requirements

The applicant holds a master’s degree in materials science, chemistry, or a related area with specific focus on biomaterials. Experience in materials surface characterisation of light metals and their interaction with biological cells or tissues is welcome. The applicant will work with explants and should be familiar with the preparation and the handling of biological samples. We are looking for a self-confident, well-organized person, who wants to take the challenge of working in a group of very friendly people. The young researcher will have the opportunity to explore and learn about history, hospitality, culture and the beauty of Poland and its people.


Our Offer

  • Excellent job opportunities in attractive and well-equipped research groups (e.g. nano and μCT, MRT, PET, USPA, IR, microscopy, cell culture and corrosion laboratories)
  • Intense exchange with researchers located in eight European countries
  • Comprehensive academic support program including subject-specific courses, soft skill training, research stays abroad, individual career coaching
  • 3-year employment contract, salaries according to the EU MSCA-ITN regulations


Mobility requirements of MSCA-ITN European Training Networks

Applicants need to be Early-Stage Researchers. They must, at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers (= after acquiring their first MSc degree or similar) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree yet.

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Mobility rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Starting as soon as possible but latest September 1st 2019, the position will be awarded for three years.


How to apply

Please send your application in English by email preferably in one pdf file not exceeding 10 MB to wojciech.swieszkowski(at)

Make sure that your application includes:

  • a CV which gives an overview of the academic/education history, including a list of courses/exams and grades, the exact award date (day/month/year) of the degree with original transcripts of Bachelor and Master University Degree (or similar) as well as copy of valid identity documents,
  • a list of your publications,
  • a list of skills you acquired during the courses attended at university,
  • a documentation of special skills suitable for the position you apply for,
  • a documentation of your excellent English skills (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE with minimum scores of: TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test), IELTS: 6.5 with no section lower than 5.5, or equivalent),
  • a copy or half-page summary of master/diploma thesis and
  • a letter of motivation (up to 2 pages) which states your research experience and interests and a concrete project plan, which explains how you envisage your work in the project,
  • names and contact information of at least two academic referees who could write a letter of recommendation.

Deadline for applications: 31.07.2019