[robotics-worldwide] Postdoc Position: Medical Robotics/Image Guided Surgery (Vanderbilt University)

Robert J. Webster, III robert.webster at vanderbilt.edu
Thu Mar 25 15:19:20 PDT 2010

Postdoc Position: Medical Robotics/Image Guided Surgery

A postdoctoral position is available in the Medical & Electromechanical 
Design (MED) Lab at Vanderbilt University. The successful candidate will 
work on a NIH SBIR-funded project in which we are developing thin 
"tentacle-like" robots composed of curved, concentric, elastic tubes. 
The immediate clinical application is 3D Ultrasound-guided ablation in 
the human liver to treat cancer, and proof-of-concept in other surgical 
scenarios is underway. The successful candidate will also have the 
opportunity to work on pilot projects involving laser range scanning for 
soft tissue registration - work being carried out collaboratively 
between the MED lab and the Vanderbilt Center for Technology Guided 
Therapy (with collaborators Bob Galloway and Mike Miga).

For further information and publications on these topics see:

Qualifications: We are seeking a postdoc with experience and interests 
in image guided surgery, practical hands-on robotics development, and 
clinical engineering. A background in computer science, preferably with 
robotic hardware experience, is desirable but not strictly required. 
Much of the necessary physical robotic equipment has already been built 
(and some pilot study data collected), meaning that a postdoc with 
strong systems integration and experimental skills will have the raw 
materials necessary to rapidly generate several high-quality publications.

The position is open immediately and may last up to two years. Review of 
applications will begin as applications are received and continue until 
the position is filled. Some interviews may be conducted at the ICRA 
conference in Anchorage, Alaska. If interested and qualified, email the 
following items to Bob Webster (robert.webster at vanderbilt.edu) in a 
single pdf file:

1. One paragraph summary of qualifications and relevant experience
2. Expected graduation date (or available start date)
3. Name and email addresses of three references
4. Dissertation title and abstract
5. CV

Send to: robert.webster at vanderbilt.edu
Please put "Postdoc Application" on the Subject line.

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