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UCOM is offering 15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) 3-year PhD positions to begin in 2018/19

We are looking for enthusiastic young researchers, who would like to enhance their career perspectives in both the academic and non- academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility combined with the innovation-oriented mind-set.
The applicants:

  • Must have Master (or equivalent) degree in Mechanical or Biofluid Engineering, Physics or Chemistry with solid knowledge of fluid dynamics and its applications
  • Must be in the first 4 years of his/her research career, measured from the date of graduation (MSc degree or equivalent)
  • Must not hold a PhD degree
  • Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country of their appointment for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their appointment. For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.
  • Must be able to communicate fluently in English, in oral and written form.

The recruited ESRs will be enrolled in a PhD programme. In addition to their individual scientific 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.

Positions for online application

The application process has started.

Please note that you can only apply for a position in a country, where you haven’t been living for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Recruiting Institute


Position offered

Project title

Blue: experiments

Green: simulations

CITY, University of London


POSITION FILLED Thermo-chemical effects of collapsing bubbles

Material deformation due to collapsing bubbles

ESR 14

Cavitation cloud and tissue interaction

Technische Universitat München


ESR 13

Cell/tissue damage models with coupled FV/SPH

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne



Experimental investigation of bubble interaction

with pressure waves


Sonochemistry and bubble dynamics

Sorbonne Universités



DNS of bubble nucleation

ESR 15

Cavitation in blood vessels and drug delivery

University of Twente



IB method for interacting bubbles close to soft matter

ESR 11

Surface manipulation and volume control of cavitation

ESR 12

Controlled bubble-soft matter interactions

Institute of Cancer Research



Characterization of tissue mimicking materials


Cavitation characterisation in tissue mimicking materials (TMM)

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg



Elasticity, bubbles dynamics and resulting stress and strain fields

Geneva University Hospital



Experimental investigation on the interaction between ultrasound and sono-sensitive particles

How to apply

Applicants must send:

letter of motivation,

curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages,

copy of transcripts and of their degree, and a copy of master’s thesis or any other publications (if available),

two written recommendation letters (e.g. one by the former Master thesis supervisor and their referees contact details).

Applicants must choose the position of their interest from the list of the offered research topics and send the requested documents by email to Mr N. Chatziarsenis ( ) under the title ‘UCOM Application’ , specifying the position(s) they are applying for (e.g. applying for ESR7 and ESR9 etc.).


The successful candidates will receive a 36 month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers.  The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country.  

Researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation at the time of recruitment.

Please visit the EU MSCA website for further information.