[robotics-worldwide] PhD Student Opening in Medical Robotics at IIT, Genoa, Italy

Leonardo De Mattos Leonardo.DeMattos at iit.it
Wed Sep 8 08:54:25 PDT 2010

New PhD Student Opening in Medical Robotics
Department of Advanced Robotics
Italian Institute of Technology
The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa has a new opening for a PhD student within the research area of Medical Robotics. The starting date for this position is January 2011.  A description of the research theme follows:

Theme ADVR-MED: Novel Actuators and Controllers for Laser Microsurgeries
Tutors: Dr Leonardo Mattos, Dr Darwin G. Caldwell
No. of available positions: 1

This research will focus on overcoming the most significant limitations of current surgical laser procedures: namely poor laser aiming control, poor system ergonomics and the requirement for extensive training of surgeons.  The goal will be to design and develop novel motorized laser micromanipulators and controllers to increased precision and safety of laser microsurgeries. The initial aim will be to improve phonomicrosurgeries, so the work will benefit from current collaborations with ENT surgeons at San Martino’s hospital. Nonetheless, other surgical applications are thought. The ideal candidates for this research theme should have an engineering background and strong interest in medical robotics.  Experience in mechanical design, hardware/software integration, and control systems are all bonuses.

To apply please send a detailed CV, a research statement/plan, two reference letters, degree certificates, transcripts of grades and any additional support material via the online form at www.iit.it (follow the links and instructions). Please specify the theme ADVR-MED. The deadline for application is the 24th of September 2010 (no extensions are possible, no exceptions).

For administrative help with the application please contact Ms. Anastasia Bruzzone (anastasia.bruzzone at iit.it). For questions about the research topic or additional background information please contact Leonardo Mattos at leonardo.demattos at iit.it 

Please see the following links for further information:
Online application: http://servizionline.unige.it/studenti/post-laurea/dottorato/registrazione 
Department of Advanced Robotics:  http://www.iit.it/en/advanced-robotics

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