[robotics-worldwide] 2 Post-Doc Positions in Surgical Robotics - Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa

Leonardo De Mattos Leonardo.DeMattos at iit.it
Tue Nov 8 07:45:07 PST 2011

2 Post-Doc Positions in Surgical Robotics
Department of Advanced Robotics
Italian Institute of Technology
Genoa, Italy

The Department of Advanced Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology invites applications for the following post-doc positions:

*  Novel interfaces for robotic microsurgery [uRALP.HCI]

*  Surgical robotic system integration [uRALP.SI]

The successful candidates will be part of the collaborative project µRALP - Micro-Technologies and Systems for Robot-Assisted Laser Phonomicrosurgery, which is funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Descriptions and requirements for each position are as follows:


Post-Doc in Novel Interfaces for Robotic Microsurgery  [uRALP.HCI]

This position is dedicated to research and development of novel user interfaces for robot-assisted laser microsurgeries. Its focus will be on the analysis, evaluation and development of novel user interfaces for intuitive, precise, safe and ergonomic teleoperation of the surgical robotic systems developed within µRALP. This will involve the creation of experimental setups to scientifically investigate critical factors that affect each of these characteristics, including their impact on the cognitive burden imposed on the operator. In addition, a strong collaboration with partner surgeons is expected as part of the new systems’ evaluations. This research will support the creation of an optimal teleoperation system for laser microsurgeries, advancing the state of the art in surgical laser control via new interface devices and operating environments.

Desired qualifications:

· PhD degree

· Experience in planning, setup and analysis of experiments for user interfaces evaluation

· Experience with tools and methods for performance evaluation of engineered systems

· Familiarity with programming and measurements

· Aptitude to design and develop new HCI systems

· Strong interest in medical robotics

· Creativity and proactive attitude

· Experience working in multidisciplinary teams

· High quality publication record

· Fluency in both spoken and written English

· Candidates with background in psychology, cognition or related field are also welcome


Post-Doc in Surgical Robotic System Integration [uRALP.SI]

This position is dedicated to the integration of complex systems for robot-assisted microsurgeries. The successful applicant will be responsible for the design and implementation of an integrated system for real-time control of the multitude of sub-systems to be developed within µRALP, including user interfaces, robot and actuators, multi-modal imaging systems, pre- and intra-operative planning systems, and supervisory safety systems. In addition, the position may also involve research in assisted teleoperation of surgical robots, and support for the development of new human-computer interfaces.

Desired qualifications:

· PhD degree in computer science, software engineering, or related field

· Proven experience in software development for systems integration

· Expertise in object-oriented programming, C, C++, multi-threading, communication networks and protocols, and software development in MS Windows and Linux

· Experience in real-time systems, interfaces, and robotic systems

· Proactive attitude, creativity, and strong problem solving skills

· Interest in medical robotics

· Experience working in multidisciplinary teams

· High quality publication record

· Fluency in both spoken and written English


International applications are encouraged and will receive logistic support with visa issues.

Salary will depend on the candidate’s experience. Current range is from 30k-40k Euros per year excluding additional pension and health benefits. Applicants may also qualify for reduced taxes benefits.

Contracts are for 2 years with a possible renewal and future career options upon successful completion. Expected start date is January 2012.

For further information contact Dr. Leonardo De Mattos (leonardo.demattos at iit.it).

Applications, including cover letter, CV, and the contact information of at least two references should be emailed to leonardo.demattos at iit.it quoting [uRALP.HCI] or [uRALP.SI] in the email subject. For consideration, please apply by 01.DEC.2011.

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