[robotics-worldwide] Surgical Simulation Post-Doc available at University of Maryland, College Park.

Jaydev P. Desai jaydev at umd.edu
Fri May 25 04:42:00 PDT 2007

Post-Doc position in Surgical Simulation is available for a National 
Institutes of Health (NIH) project on developing a reality-based 
surgical simulator. Cornell University is also one of the other 
participating institutions. University of Maryland Post-Doc position is 
for a candidate with mechanics based expertise in modeling soft-tissue 
for probing, cutting, dissection, and electrocautery. There will be data 
collection from animals as part of this project. Prior experience with 
modeling in finite element software such as ABAQUS, ANSYS, or 
self-developed finite element software is desirable. Analytical 
soft-tissue interaction models developed at University of Maryland from 
experimental measurements on live animals as well as ex-vivo tissue will 
be provided to Cornell University to develop a Data-driven real-time 
graphics simulator. These models will also be displayed on a haptic 
feedback display which will be combined with the graphics simulator 
developed at Cornell University. 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 simulator.

Required expertise: Knowledge of solid mechanics including developing or 
working with a finite element software such as ABAQUS and ANSYS.
Desirable expertise: Hardware design and integration for haptic feedback 
interface, robotics, expertise in programming in C++.

Interested candidates should submit the following by email in a _single_ 
PDF file to jaydev at umd.edu <mailto:jaydev at umd.edu>. Review of 
applications will begin June 25, 2007. Expected start date for the 
position is September 1, 2007 or earlier.

1. Curriculum vitae
2. At least three papers which could be either published, accepted for 
publication, or in-preparation
3. Relevant courses taken
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.

Prof. Jaydev P. Desai
Robotics, Automation, Mechatronics, and Sensing (RAMS) Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Room 0160, Bldg 088, Glenn L. Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-4427
Fax: 301-314-9477
Web: http://rams.umd.edu

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