European training network for development of personalized anti-infective medical devices combining printing technologies and antimicrobial functionality

Applications are invited for 9 PhD student positions available in the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network: “PRINT-AID – Multidisciplinary European training network for development of personalized anti-infective medical devices combining printing technologies and antimicrobial functionality” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. PRINT-AID consortium recruits to high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Finland, Belgium, Poland, The Netherlands, Italy and Portugal.

To qualify, you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Hold a MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant field.
  • Be in the first four years of your research career, since e.g. completion of MSc. You cannot already possess a doctorate degree.
  • Be willing to move to the country where the research project is located. Additionally, you must NOT have worked or studied for more than 12 months during the last 3 years in the country where the research project is located.
  • Be proficient in both written and spoken English.
  • Be eligible to enroll on a PhD programme at the host institution (or at designated university in case the host institution is non-academic organisation).

During recruitment process, applicants will need to prove that they are fully eligible.

To apply

follow the the links below and the instructions provided.

Your application should include 1) CV and 2) Motivation Letter and potential additional requested annexes. In your CV include contact information for 2-3 references. You can apply for 1-3 ESR positions. In case applying for multiple positions, apply for each position individually and indicate your preference in your accompanying Motivation Letters.

Apply at latest March 15th 2017


Identification, mechanistic characterization and chemical optimization of repurposed anti-biofilms
Host: University of Helsinki, FINLAND


Identification and characterization of combinations of new potentiators with antibiotics against biofilm-related infections
Host: University of Ghent, BELGIUM


Design and preparation of 3D-printed devices and bioprinted antimicrobial formulations (single or multi-components)
Host: Warsaw University of Technology, POLAND


Technical improvements of 3D-printing of anti-infective medical devices to counteract biofilm related infections
Host: Voxdale BVBA, BELGIUM


In vitro anti-microbial functionality testing of developed formulations to select for in vivo studies
Host: University of Helsinki, FINLAND


In vivo evaluation of single and multi-component formulations for respiratory devices
Host: University of Antwerp, BELGIUM


In vivo evaluation of AMP-based formulations (single and multi-component) on printed femur implants
Host: Academic Medical Center, THE NETHERLANDS


In vivo evaluation of QSI-based formulations (single and multi-component) on printed femur implants
Host: Aptuit Verona, ITALY


Development of minimum information guidelines and bioinformatics tools for biofilm-related studies
Host: University of Porto, PORTUGAL

Selection process

Applications should be submitted before March 15th 2017. Following this date and before closing of the application deadline, applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed (eg. skype or teleconference).

Final candidate selection will take place at a Recruitment Event in Porto, Portugal on May 8th 2017, where preselected candidates will be invited and interviewed by the PRINT-AID Selection Committee (consisting of the PRINT-AID principal investigators and ESR supervisors). Financial support will be provided for the travel costs to the Recruitment Event (mainly for candidates traveling outside of Portugal).
The positions are expected to start in June or September 2017, depending on the position.

Key dates:
March 15th 2017: Deadline for application
April 2017: Communication list “Preselected candidates”
May 8th 2017: Recruitment Event (Porto, Portugal) for preselected candidates
May 2017: Communication list “Selected PRINT-AID Fellows”

Further information

Benefits and salary

The MSCA programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and consists of Living allowance (approximately €37.320 /year depending on a correction factor to be applied per country) and Mobility allowance (approximately €7200 /year). Researcher’s may also qualify for a Family allowance of €6000 /year depending on the family situation. In addition to the individual scientific projects at host institution, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes secondments within the PRINT-AID training network, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in PRINT-AID workshops and summer schools.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to fully comply with the three elegibility criteria:
1) Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Please note applicants cannot already hold a PhD.

2) Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

3) English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

Recruitment committee:
Pia Vuorela (University of Helsinki, FINLAND), Tom Coenye (University of Gent, BELGIUM), Wojciech Swieszkowski (Warsaw University of Technology, POLAND), Bart Verleije (Voxdale), Paul Cos (University of Antwerpen, BELGIUM), Sebastian Zaat (Academic Medical Center, BELGIUM), Antonio Felici (Aptuit, ITALY) and Nuno Filipe Azevedo (University of Porto, PORTUGAL)

Karita Peltonen (University of Helsinki, FINLAND) will facilitate the recruitment procedure. For general questions on the recruitment process contact karita.peltonen at For questions related to specific ESR positions, pls contact the respective Principal Investigator.