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

The Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Warsaw, is the largest and ranked the number “ONE” among 18 technical universities in Poland. Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, FMSE, is one of the 19 faculties of WUT. It is the leading research and higher education institution in the field of materials science in Poland (A+ category awarded).

The FMSE wishes to appoint a postgraduate “early-stage researcher” funded by “PRINT-AID”, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network. The successful applicant will carry out a four-year programme of research comprising PhD studies. The student will be working in the Biomaterials group, under the supervision of Professor Wojciech Swieszkowski. The BioMaterials group is a multidisciplinary team of 20 researchers (1 professor, 8 PostDocs and 11 PhD students) with with a high expertise in biomaterials science, focuses on development of novel technological solutions for implants, tissue engineering products and drug delivery systems in the purpose of treatment of human diseases, applying 3D (bio)printing and electrospinning methods, and computational modelling.

ESR3: Design and preparation of 3D-printed devices and bioprinted antimicrobial formulations (single or multi-components)

The aim of the PhD project is i) to investigate formulations for 3D-printing and bioprinting for generating devices with anti-biofilm functionality; ii) to develop systems from simple geometries scaled-up to femur implants and catheters.

Formulations for 3D and bioprinting with anti-biofilm functionality based upon the identified agents (or combinations) will be developed and their physico-chemical will be characterized.

Proof-of-concept implants will be fabricated with 3D-printing incorporated antimicrobials. Alternatively, bioprinting of antimicrobial loaded hydrogel will be utilized to coat 3Dprinted devices. The aim is to allow spatial-specificity, time-controlled drug release with minimal toxicity.

New know-how in the area will be developed and it will be demonstrated that different printing approaches open up new perspectives for fabrication of more personalized medical devices.

Key skills

  • High level of critical thinking and strong academic merit in engineering; brilliant problem solving; outstanding communication; an ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team.

Essential background

  • Master’s degree (including an appropriate research component) in one of the following disciplines: Materials/ Chemical/Bioengineering Sciences.

Would you like to know more?

  • Further information on the PRINT-AID project: http://printaid-etn.eu
  • Further information on the research group: www.bio.materials.pl
  • For more information about this vacancy, please contact: Prof. Wojciech Swieszkowski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Are you interested?

Please send your application to Prof. Swieszkowski, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae

No commercial proposition please.