[robotics-worldwide] Full time Post-doctoral Researcher in Haptics/AR

Woon Jong Yoon wjyoon at qu.edu.qa
Sun Dec 16 12:38:33 PST 2012

Project: Development of smart minimum invasive surgery tools with tactile sensing capabilities for telerobot surgery system
Institution: Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
Job Location: Doha, Qatar (may work in South Korea and University of Washington, USA for a few months per year)
PI: Dr. W. Jong Yoon, Smart Medical Devices Lab (SMDL), Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering
Starting Date: 2013 January or open until filled

Job Description:
The Smart Medical Devices Laboratory within the Qatar University Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering is seeking a full time post-doctoral haptics/AR researcher to lead the design and development of a user interface for a sensorized smart grasper in robot surgery which is built by integrating the contact and  shear force sensors. The three-axial film-type force sensor configuration will The sensor is a thin-film type capacitive one with a multiple cell structure capable of measuring normal and shear forces at contacts simultaneously. The proposed system can provide realistic immersive experience through either vibro-tactile feedback (haptic) or real-time visualization of tactile data (e.g., using an Augmented-Reality approach).

The individual hired will work as a leader of a small team at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, and extensively collaborate with distinguished international research teams at SungKyunKwan University, Korea, and UW BioRobotics lab, USA. S/he will be required to validate the performance of the surgical robot system and to optimize the tactile display/feedback system. This work will be submitted for multiple international conferences and journal publications.


1)      Doctoral degree or equivalent experience in Human perception, Human Computer Interface, User Interface Design, Virtual/Augmented Reality or Haptics.

2)      Applicants with a background in augmented-reality (AR) approach to real-time visualization of various perceptual data OR haptic feedback interface are particularly encouraged.

3)      Strong expertise in programming

4)      Knowledge of engineering specifications for manipulating tissues is a plus

5)      Strong written and verbal communication skills in English

6)      Can freely travel to the U.S. and Korea for research collaboration


1)      This position is a fully funded 2 year (1st year probation) appointment based at Qatar University, Qatar.

2)      May be involved in a couple other similar projects, if needed.
3)      Publish the work with other authors during and after the project.
4)      Upon completion of his/her assigned work, the researcher will be responsible for transferring all the technologies to the Smart Medical Devices Lab and jointly filing international patents.

1)      Tax-free competitive salary, furnished accommodation, annual economy air ticket allowance to the home country for the employee, accompanying spouse and up to three children and education allowance.
2)      Annual paid vacation for 35 calendar days.
3)      Health insurance for the employee and family
4)      The successful candidate will be part of recognized international research teams.
5)      For more information about Qatar University, please visit: http://www.qu.edu.qa

How to Apply:

  *   Contact:    Dr. W. Jong Yoon (wjyoon at qu.edu.qa<mailto:wjyoon at qu.edu.qa>)
  *   Material needed to send (in pdf format)
     *   A cover letter detailing experience and future interests
     *   CV including names of three references
     *   Two representative publications


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