The CuraBone Project is looking for a highly motivated Early Stage Researcher ESR (PhD Students) interested in working in an ambitious multidisciplinary project to work at Materialise (Belgium) and the University of Zaragoza (Spain). This ESR position is aimed to pursue part of the scientific objectives of CuraBone through the development of its own Individual Research Project (IRP). Have a look at the project description to know more about the project.

As a research engineer, you will have the opportunity to work in an environment full of revolutionary technology and surrounded by people passionate about their work. You will support the development of a new generation of patient-specific pre-operative planning and design tools. You will develop and validate predictive models using advanced modelling techniques such as Finite Element Analysis, Musculoskeletal Modelling and bone healing. You will work closely with internal stakeholders and external partners to understand the problem and to design solutions that meet their needs.

The selected candidate will be employed under a local employment contract (full time) for a limited duration, compatible with national and regional legislation and following the guidelines provided by the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, including salaries with adequate and equitable social security benefits.

The fellow will be provided with high quality network-wide scientific training courses and complementary skills training.

To apply for the vacancy, please check the eligibility criteria below. If you fulfil all the requirements, send your application with all the necessary records to assess your candidature.

  • Not be in possession of a doctorate/PhD degree and should have less than 4 years of research experience (starting at the date of obtaining the master’s degree).
  • At the time of selection by the host institution, the candidate may not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment under the project.
  • For Unizar’s Biomedical Engineering PhD, it is required 300 Graduate ECTS (of which at least 60 ECTS must of Master`s degree)

The following skills are expected from applicants:

  • You must have a master’s degree in engineering (biomedical, mechanical, mathematical or computer sciences) or equivalent.
  • You are passionate about innovation in medical 3D printing and (bioresorbable) implant design. You also have a strong interest in 3D biomechanical modelling (FEA, Musculoskeletal Modelling). Prior experience in any of these fields is a strong plus.
  • You are a born problem solver with strong analytical skills, and you can work independently with a proactive yet critical mind-set.
  • You speak Python or are willing to learn this software language. In addition, you are fluent in English, both written and verbal.
  • High mobility for international training in Spain (University of Zaragoza).

For further information you can visit EURAXESS OFFER.

To apply for the position, send your application with a detailed CV, attaching certificated evidence of each merit to be considered, including academic credentials (mark sheets and degree statements). You have to clearly state your motivations into the submission form.

You can apply following this link: Materialise offer or sending an email with your application to

The following skills are expected from applicants:

Send your application with a detailed CV (attaching certificated evidence of each merit to be considered) and letter of motivation to any of the recruiting institutions:

  • University of Zaragoza: Write an email with your application to
  • Materialise: Follow their standard job application here.


  • ESR status: ESRs are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, starting at the date of obtaining their masters degree (or similar). They must not be in possession of a doctorate/PhD degree.
  • Mobility Rule: All nationalities can apply, but you can only apply to be hosted in a country in which you did not reside or carry your main activity (such as work or study) for more than 12 months within the last 3 years. This excludes short stays such as holidays or compulsory national service.
  • Unizar’s Doctoral School: It is required 300 Graduate ECTS (of which at least 60 ECTS must of Master`s degree) by the time the student is hired (September 2017 the latest). If your degree proceeds from outside the European Higher Education Area, his certifications may need to be validated to the host institution country.


The process will be different at each institution following their standard procedures. Once you have been selected as a potential candidate by one of the recruiting institution, you will be directed to the other partner to complete the process. Both phases may include independent interviews with members from the consortium and, if necessary, a technical test to proof each candidate merits and idoneity to the project.


  • Finally, collecting all the data from the previous phases the Supervisors Committee will gather to select the final ESR for each IPR.
  • All the candidates involved in the project will receive confirmation of the outcome of the recruitment process.




This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 722535.

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