PhD Position in Surgical Robotics – University of Twente – Enschede

University of Twente

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 micro-robots. For effective medical diagnosis and treatment, the device 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 and controlling a range soft/flexible surgical devices and medical microrobots, as they interact and navigate through the body. Techniques would be developed to track and control the path of the novel devices using images (MR and ultrasound imaging modalities). The present project will be conducted within the and the Department of Biomechanical Engineering. In addition there are excellent opportunities for collaboration with the , University Medical Centre Groningen, and several institutions abroad.

Your profile

  • You have a master’s degree and background in mechanical, biomedical, or electrical engineering, applied physics or nanotechnology or in a closely related discipline.
  • You have excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: system dynamics and control, robotics, mechatronics, mechanical design, image processing, or nano-/micro-fabrication technologies. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable.
  • Our offer

  • A full-time 4-year PhD position;
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating international research environment with excellent facilities;
  • A professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente;
  • A starting salary of € 2.770 in the first year and a salary of € 3.539 in the fourth year gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • A minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of fulltime employment.
  • The UT provides a dynamic and international environment, combining the benefits of academic research with a topic of high industrial relevance, excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment, and a green and lively campus.
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