Research Fellow in Surgical Robotics

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7070428 (Ref.No. EPSEE1026)
Posted: September 30, 2020

Job Description

Do you want to make a make a difference in patients’ quality of life by creating innovative robots that are able to treat incurable diseases? Are you excited about contributing to scientific research in surgical robotics? Are you able to think outside the box to find innovative solutions to life-threatening diseases?  Do you want to join a world-leading team of roboticists, manufacturing engineers, and clinicians?

We are looking for a proactive individual to join our Science and Technology Of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab bringing their excitement for scientific research in surgical robotics with them. 

At the STORM Lab, we strive to improve the quality of life for people undergoing soft-tissue surgery and flexible endoscopy by creating miniature and non-invasive robots. This includes the creation and investigation of miniature capsule-like or tentacle robots to work inside the human body. At the STORM Lab, we are designing and creating soft and compliant robotic devices that can be used within the human body to detect and cure diseases in a non-invasive way.

This vacancy is created by a major European grant awarded to the STORM Lab, which aims to define a new generation of surgical capsule-like robots that can be guided within the human body by magnetic fields. The candidate will work on the H2020 FET-PROACTIVE project AUTOCAPSULE (Autonomous multimodal implantable endoscopic capsule for the gastrointestinal tract, EU contract number 952118) aiming at exploring the combination of intelligent magnetic manipulation with multi-modal imaging to enable early detection of neoplastic lesions in the gastrointestinal tract.  

Holding a PhD (or close to completion) in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Robotics or related disciplines, you will have a proven track-record in medical device design and/or robotic systems, together with a proactive, enthusiastic approach to research.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Pietro Valdastri, Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3706 or email: 

Further information 

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Section:  Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years due to grant funding)
Release Date:  Tuesday 29 September 2020
Closing Date:  Thursday 29 October 2020
Reference:  EPSEE1026

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