[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral research position in surgical robotics at LIRMM - France

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral research position in surgical robotics at LIRMM - France

Dear all,

We have a Postdoctoral research position in the field of surgical
robotics at LIRMM Lab. - University of Montpellier - France.

This position is within a new translational research project at LIRMM
Lab. in collaboration with the ENT department of the Montpellier
Hospital and with Collin Medical Company that concerns « US-based
robotized surgical gesture guidance for auditory neuroprosthestics
implantation ».

Cochlear implant is first functional implantable neuroprosthestic device
in human. It restores the auditory perception in people with severe to
profound deafness.
The implantation of such a device requires the insertion into the
cochlea of an electrode array allowing electrical stimulation of
auditory nerve end fibbers.
However, this insertion is a critical point of the surgery since the
surgeon cannot control visually the trajectory of the electrode array
and has to rely on
its tactile feedback.
This is responsible in many cases of damages of the cochlear structures
and of the loss of residual hearing, thus preventing the extension of
cochlear implant
to people with milder hearing loss.
In this project, we aim at developing a new tool to help cochlear
electrode arrays’ insertion using the fusion of intraoperative
ultrasound (US) imaging and
preoperative X-ray CT scan. A new custom made US probe dedicated to
cochlear navigation is under development. This US-probe will be
manipulated by the RobOtol surgical platform (Collin Medical).

For this project, the candidate will be responsible for robotizing the
developed US-probe and proposing dedicated visual servoing control
strategies to position the probe and track the electrode array tip.

To this aim, the Panda Franka robot will be first used for lab.
developments. The developed work will be then transferred on the RobOtol
surgical platform.

Ex-vivo experimental validations, cadavers and then patients tests need
to be conducted by the recruited candidate.

We are looking for candidates with strong analytical background and
hands-on experience in systems integration and robot control.
She/he should have a PhD degree in medical/surgical robotics or related
disciplines. Previous experience in robot programming, visual servioing
and computer-assisted surgery is highly appreciated.

English: CEFR B2 level (minimum)

Salary: Montpellier University grid – according to CV

Contract duration: 12 months (renewable)

Expected starting date: March 2020

Laboratory / Team: LIRMM Lab., Robotics department, Dexter team, medical
robotics group

Thanks for sending your CV, a cover letter, and contact information of
two referees to:
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Nabil Zemiti, PhD


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