[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position: AI-guided robotics for Surgical navigation

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position: AI-guided robotics for Surgical navigation

Momen Abayazid

Minimal invasive Image-guided Interventions (MII) is emerging as a new discipline in medicine. To date, no single specialist area has the necessary competencies to deliver MII. These interventions are combined with sophisticated imaging technologies, primarily to perform minimally invasive surgery. MII can be characterized by the following key steps: target location, target verification (lesion volume), target destruction, treatment monitoring and verification. Smart Mechatronic Devices can be developed to enhance surgeon manipulation skills. It include dexterous instrument, comanipulated tool holder. These systems require new intuitive control mode that uses image guidance, haptic feedback to fit into the clinical workflow. Dedicated man-machine interfaces will allow the user selecting the appropriate assistance.

The aim of this project is to develop algorithms that provide shared-control between the robotic system and the clinician supported by Image-guidance and deep learning algorithms as feedback to the robotic system. Additionally, the system creates an adaptive clinical workflow that can be adjusted based on the personalized treatment planning.
This project is part of European consortium that includes industrial, clinical and academic partners from the Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium.

The successful applicant has a background in Robotics, Control, Mechatronics, Bio-mechatronics, Biomedical 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: mathematical optimization, mechatronics, machine and deep learning or image processing and experience with programming. 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.


Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr.ir. Momen Abayazid, phone: +31-53-4898980, email: [hidden email] Department website: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.ram.ewi.utwente.nl_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=xjpRaVKpoKRazq8QLZhLD4wQBr4PRB0tqBWDeH2jLxE&s=XAsVVYyX6K1dz-dvalJKCdbqRnmMfdc3cylDh-9SDFY&e=

Please send your application with c.v. (including contact information for at least one academic references such as the MSc supervisor) and transcripts from your Bachelors and/or Masters degrees as a SINGLE PDF file before November 15th 2018.


We offer a very challenging fulltime 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 € 2266,- in the first year to € 2897,- in the fourth year. Additionally, the University of Twente provides 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 University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.
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