PhD Position in Medical Robotics for Biomedical Engineers @ University of Twente

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

In the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI) is the place where these three disciplines shape Information and Communication Technology at the University of Twente. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology are present, and ICT now contributes to all of societies’ activities. It is no longer about gadgets that we do or do not want to use. The real integration of ICT is just beginning. What we need is more intelligence in our systems and improvement of their natural interaction with humans. MIRA – Institute of Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. More details can be found at: http://www.utwente.nl/mira/

The challenge

Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized medicine by enabling interventions without large incisions, thereby significantly improving clinical outcomes. Such surgical techniques include insertions of needles, catheters, and endoscopes. For effective medical diagnosis and treatment, the instrument must reach its intended target. In order to increase the targeting accuracy of the procedure and improve clinical outcomes, the goal of this research project is to develop methods for modeling the interaction of existing and novel medical instruments with soft tissues and with fluids. These models would be used to track and control the path of the medical instrument using a clinical imaging modality.

The successful applicant has completed a Master’s degree in mechanical, biomedical, or electrical engineering, or in a closely related discipline. He or she should possess excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: robotics (design, dynamics, and control), finite element modeling (soft tissue mechanics and fluid-structure interactions), and image processing. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

Our offer We offer a contract for four years. The monthly salary of a PhD student, in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU), ranges from€ 2042 gross in the first year to € 2612 gross in the fourth year.
Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amounts to 8%), an end-of-year bonus (amounts to 8,3%) and a number of additional benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but you will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience as well. Your profile • CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
• PhD student position: Transcripts from your Bachelors and Masters degrees
Research statement indicating your background and interests, and how it aligns with the current position (maximum 500 words)

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, until the positions are filled.

Contact Just for information:

Sarthak Misra, PhD
Assistant Professor (Control Engineering)
Email: s.misra@utwente.nl

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