[robotics-worldwide][jobs]Open position for PhD candidate in VR-based simulation and haptics for robotic surgery

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[robotics-worldwide][jobs]Open position for PhD candidate in VR-based simulation and haptics for robotic surgery

Project neuroArm at the University of Calgary (http://www.neuroarm.org) is seeking qualified applicants for a fully-funded PhD candidate in surgical robotics, haptics, and simulation. The student would join our multi-disciplinary research team to develop immersive, real-time simulations that train and improve our surgeons’ ability to do image-guided, robotic surgery. The candidate will have latitude to explore research questions of their specific interests within this general subject area.

The neuroArm project is an interdisciplinary research team led by Dr. Garnette Sutherland at the University of Calgary. It has a dedicated 5000 square feet of research space in the Health Research Innovation Centre on the medical campus, which includes a haptic research and surgical performance laboratory, an advanced engineering and prototyping laboratory, an experimental operating theatre, a telementoring and debriefing room, office space for faculty, and personal workspaces for trainees and students. Experts from domains of biomedical, mechanical, and electrical engineering, computer science, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, and molecular biology collectively reside in this world-class research facility.

A qualified applicant would have a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, or a related discipline, and may enrol in either the Biomedical Engineering or the Computer Science PhD program at the University of Calgary. The ideal candidate would have theoretical background and practical experience working in several of the following subject areas: haptics, surgical robotics, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, mechanics, medical imaging, image processing, virtual-reality interfaces, and immersive virtual environments.

Possible start dates for Canadian applicants are September 2017 or January 2018. International candidates would start their PhD program in January 2018. If interested, please send your resume/CV to neuroarm@ucalgary.ca.