PhD positions – Surgical Robotics

PhD positions – Surgical Robotics

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University of Twente

Published on 04/12/2015

Job types: PhD Position

Job categories: Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering


The Surgical Robotics Laboratory at the University of Twente/University Medical Center Gronginen (The Netherlands) has 2 openings for doctoral candidates.

Research project
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 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 Surgical Robotics Laboratory and research facilities of MIRA, and the Departments of Biomechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. In addition there are excellent opportunities for collaboration with several institutions abroad.

We offer a very challenging full-time position for four years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) the gross monthly salary ranges from ~ ? 2.125,- in the first year to ~ ? 2.717,- in the fourth year. We also provide excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, 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.



The successful applicant has a background in mechanical, biomedical, or electrical engineering, or applied physics 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: system dynamics and control, robotics, mechatronics, mechanical design, or image processing. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. Fluency in English is required. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.



Please send your application with CV (including contact information for at least two academic references) and transcripts from your Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees as a SINGLE PDF file before 30 January 2016 to

Please include – “PhD Application – Surgical Robotics” in the subject-line.

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