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BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) PhD Candidate in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

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BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. We have over 65,000 employees and a presence in virtually every country around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues.

A great opportunity has arisen for a Ph.D. position within the European Industrial Doctorate project SIMPPERMedDev with research topics related to the Manufacturing of Medical Devices. The SIMPPERMedDev project involves a consortium of 5 leading European research universities from Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, along with 10 industry partners who manufacture important classes of medical devices and products, and one of Europe’s premier orthopedics hospitals. The consortium intends to train 12 Ph.D. researchers in advanced manufacturing and surface integrity associated with the micro/nano processing of polymers for such medical devices.

The successful candidate will be primarily located at BDs research center of excellence in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland with University College Dublin acting as the Ph.D. awarding body. As part of the collaborative SIMPPER agreement, the successful candidate will have up to six-month secondments with other members of the SIMPPER consortium, thereby ensuring that the candidate will spend time in both academia and industry, and in at least two different countries.

The project “Design and development of microstructures for low friction polymer surfaces in medical device applications” aims to develop and characterize next-generation micro-nano structured polymer surfaces to optimize friction forces of injection molded components. The candidate will have the opportunity to upskill in the field of injection molding and become a specialist in the design of large-scale manufacturable micro-nano textured polymer surfaces and their characterization. The successful candidate will have access to technical support and facilities from the larger BD community, supplemented by academic support and access to facilities of academic host University College Dublin.

About You:


Specific Eligibility Criteria on the H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie program:

  • At the time of recruitment, the applicants should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Mobility rule: At the time of recruitment, applicants should not have resided or carried out main activity (studies, work, etc.) in the country of the host for more than 12 months in the 3 years before the recruitment date.

  • Language skills: Applicants must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high.

Essential Background:

An honors BSc or MSc in the field of mechanical, manufacturing, or Chemical Engineering, or a related field that facilitates their enrolment in a Ph.D. program at UCD.

Knowledge of characterization of mechanical properties and surface properties.

Experience in CAD software (e.g. Solidworks or similar).

Fluency in written and spoken English.

Desirable Background:

Hands-on experience with micro-nano fabrication techniques and surface characterization.

Practical experience with injection molding.

Experience in FEA modeling of mechanical properties, Multiphysics, and injection molding (e.g. Solidworks, COMSOL, ANSYS, ABAQUS, Python, or similar).

Knowledge of polymer materials & processing, and their characterization.

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Why join us?

A career at BD means being part of a team that values your opinions and contributions and that empowers you to bring your authentic self to work. Here our associates can fulfill their life’s purpose through the work that they do every day.

You will learn and work alongside inspirational leaders and colleagues who are equally passionate and committed to fostering an inclusive, growth-centered, and rewarding culture. Our Total Rewards program — which includes competitive pay, benefits, continuous learning, recognition, career growth, and life balance components — is designed to support the varying needs of our diverse and global associates.

Becton, Dickinson and Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital or domestic or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, disability, or any other protected status.

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IRL Dun Laoghaire - Pottery Road

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BD is a leading global medical technology company that creates medical technology, devices and laboratory equipment for a variety of needs across the healthcare continuum. At BD, we are looking for candidates who possess passion, innovative solutions and a commitment to our one mission of improving access to groundbreaking medical and biotechnology services for people near and far, delivering state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge research in the battle to fight and cure infectious diseases. With a global reach that extends across 50 countries worldwide, our network of professionals collaborates on effective measures to deliver enhanced patient quality such as lower health care delivery costs, improved health care and safety, and expanded health care for all. Join our company and see how you can become a part of one global mission to make a difference in human health.

Becton, Dickinson and Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We do not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital or domestic or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, disability, military eligibility or veteran status, or any other protected status.

All applicants should complete the on-line application process. BD is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require assistance or an accommodation because of a disability to participate in the application process, please call 855-BD-HELPS (855-234-3577) or email