[robotics-worldwide] Postdoctoral Position in Surgical Simulation (Cornell University)

Doug James djames at cs.cornell.edu
Wed Jul 25 06:40:09 PDT 2007

Postdoctoral Position in Surgical Simulation
Cornell University

Postdoctoral research position in surgical simulation is available for
a National Institutes of Health (NIH) project to develop a
reality-based surgical simulator involving real-time graphic and
haptic rendering. The position is for a candidate with real-time
physical simulation expertise to work on soft-tissue probing, cutting,
dissection, and electrocautery.  Analytical soft-tissue deformation
and interaction models developed from experimental in-vivo and ex-vivo
tissue measurements by University of Maryland collaborators will be
provided to develop the data-driven real-time graphics simulator.
Learning curves and task completion accuracy will be assessed for
surgeons and residents in our real-time haptics and graphics-based
simulator and compared with operating room (OR) procedures and
commercial surgical simulators.

Required expertise: real-time computer graphics; computational solid
dynamics and/or physically based animation; programming proficiency in

Desirable expertise: haptic rendering; nonlinear (biological) material
modeling; fast simulation algorithms; reduced-order and data-driven
dynamical system modeling; parallel (GPU, multi-core, cluster)
programming; geometric modeling; prior modeling of probing, cutting,
dissection, or electrocautery.

Ideal candidates will have a strong technical background in these
areas with a desire to work on interdisciplinary issues related to
real-time physical simulation. The position also requires the ability
to work with graduate and undergraduate students involved in these
research activities, and experience doing so is a plus.

This is a one-year appointment with a possible extension up to three
years. Expected start date for the position is September 1, 2007, but
is flexible.  Interested candidates should submit the following by
email in a single PDF file to Doug James (djames at cs.cornell.edu):

1. Curriculum vitae (with names of at least three references)
2. Three papers which could be either published, accepted for
publication, or in-preparation
3. Relevant courses and projects undertaken
4. Expected date of graduation (for those who are currently pursuing a Ph.D)
5. Doctoral dissertation topic
6. A one-page summary of research background and interests and how it
aligns with the current position.

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
Employer and Educator.  More information on postdoc life at Cornell
can be found online at http://www.postdocs.cornell.edu

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