[robotics-worldwide] Needle Steering Postdocs Available

Allison Okamura aokamura at jhu.edu
Thu May 3 21:12:10 PDT 2007


Two Post-Doc positions are available for a new National Institutes of  
Health project:
Steering Flexible Needles in Soft Tissues

Investigators:
Allison Okamura, Noah Cowan, Gregory Chirikjian (Johns Hopkins  
University)
Ken Goldberg (University of California at Berkeley)
Gabor Fichtinger (JHU/Queen's University)

This is a collaborative project between The Johns Hopkins University  
and The University of California at Berkeley to design, prototype,  
and evaluate a working system that will steer flexible needles  
through deformable tissue and around internal obstacles to precisely  
reach specified 3D targets. One postdoc position is to design,  
integrate, and test robotic needle steering and medical imaging  
systems, invoking appropriate models of needle kinematics and/or  
vision-based control methods. Another postdoc position is to develop  
accurate and efficient 3D deformable tissue models, simulation tools,  
geometric planning algorithms, and software that will assist doctors  
by computing proposed insertion points and needle paths.

If you are interested in either position, please see the details  
below and the project website at http://haptics.me.jhu.edu/ 
needlesteering/. Both positions start July 2007 and are for 2 years  
(with possibility for extension). Review of applications will begin  
on May 15, 2007.

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Post-Doc Position 1 (JHU - Systems):

We are seeking a Post-Doc with experience and interest in computer- 
integrated surgery, kinematics, robot design, medical imaging, and  
clinical engineering.

This postdoc will develop robotic devices and real-time image-guided  
feedback control algorithms to steer needles to specified targets  
based on preoperative plans. He or she will develop a complete,  
interactive surgeon-assistance system for needle steering and  
implement it with phantom tissues, cadavers, and live animals.

Requirements:
Solid knowledge and experience with C++, robotic system integration,  
hardware and/or control design. Experience with medical imaging and  
animal experiments is also desirable.

If interested and qualified, email Allison Okamura as soon as  
possible in plain text (not .doc or .pdf):

1. brief summary of qualifications, experience
2. PhD institution
3. dissertation title, abstract
4. expected graduation date (or available start date)
5. name and email of advisor(s)
6. relevant courses taken
7. CV (pdf is okay for this)

Send to: aokamura at jhu.edu
Please put NEEDLE STEERING SYSTEMS POSTDOC on the Subject line.

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Post-Doc Position 2 (UC Berkeley - Modeling):

We are seeking a Post-Doc with experience in Geometric Algorithms,  
Computer Graphics, and 3D Modeling

Details about our prior work on this topic:
http://www.ieor.berkeley.edu/~ron/research/SteerSim/

We are developing accurate and efficient 3D deformable tissue models,  
simulation tools, geometric planning algorithms, and software that
will assist doctors by computing proposed insertion points and needle  
paths. These tools will also be suitable for visualizing needle paths
during training, planning, and intraoperative procedures.  Experience  
in motion planning and hardware interface will also be helpful.

Requirements:
Knowledge and experience with C++, OpenGL, FEM, computational geometry

If interested and qualified, email Ken Goldberg as soon as possible
in plain text (not .doc or .pdf):

1. brief summary of qualifications, experience
2. PhD institution
3. dissertation title, abstract
4. expected graduation date  (or available start date)
5. name and email of advisor(s)
6. relevant courses taken
7. CV (pdf is okay for this)

Send to: goldberg at berkeley.edu
Please put NEEDLE STEERING MODELING POSTDOC on the Subject line.

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Allison M. Okamura, Associate Professor
The Johns Hopkins University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
125 Latrobe Hall, 3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: 410-516-7266
Fax: 410-516-7254
Email: aokamura at jhu.edu
http://www.me.jhu.edu/~allisono
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