[robotics-worldwide] PhD in BioRobotics

Paolo Dario paolo.dario at sssup.it
Wed May 29 08:59:06 PDT 2013



Call for Fellowships to the three-year PhD Program in BioRobotics

The Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy, announces 14 
positions funded with fellowships for admission to the three-year PhD 
Program in BioRobotics for the Academic Year 2013-2014

SSSA is a public university where merit and talent count. Excellence in 
education and research, internationalization, interaction with the job 
market are the objectives of SSSA. Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna offers 
training and postgraduate courses in Economics and Management, Law, 
Political Science, Agricultural Science and Biotechnology, Medicine, and 
Industrial and Information Engineering. SSSA is a scientific community 
where the academic staff and researchers interact with students through 
a continuous exchange of scientific, cultural and intellectual ideas 
(www.sssup.it). The PhD Program in BioRobotics is managed by the 
BioRobotics Institute. Its mission is to educate the Engineer of the 
21st Century: a competent, interdisciplinary, creative inventor and 
entrepreneur, able to handle new technological and scientific challenges 
(sssa.bioroboticsinstitute.it <http://sssa.bioroboticsinstitute.it/>).

The Program

The PhD Program in BioRobotics is a three-year course of advanced 
studies and supervised research; at the end of the Program, the PhD is 
conferred to students who have fulfilled the didactic requirements and 
passed a final examination with thesis dissertation.

The Program aims at educating highly competent researchers with the 
potential to be leaders in this area. The students will be educated in a 
stimulating and multidisciplinary environment, both through high level 
courses and through demanding, creative and original research work. PhD 
projects will be carried out in very well equipped, state-of-the-art 
laboratories (in such fields as micro-engineering, biomedical 
engineering, biomimetic robotics, rehabilitation technologies, surgical 
robotics and neural engineering) and through individual and team work 
performed under the supervision of a full-time faculty.

The students will investigate how biological systems work from an 
engineering viewpoint, and will make use of such knowledge to pursue 
challenging research projects aimed at modelling, designing and building 
novel components and systems for biomedical applications, such as 
surgery and rehabilitation. At the end of the PhD Program, students will 
possess solid scientific and engineering skills, the ability to conceive 
and carry out original research projects, and an autonomous 
entrepreneurship spirit.

Admission

Students are admitted to the Program following a successful entrance 
examination. Eligible applicants must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) 
degree or equivalent title and must be under 35 years old. Undergraduate 
students may also apply if they graduate before the beginning of the 
Course -- November 2013.

The deadline for application is June 27, 2013

Apply at www.bioroboticsinstitute.it or at 
www.sssup.it/ist_context.jsp?ID_LINK=10832&area=199

Why study in Pisa?

Pisa, a city of over 200,000 residents in its metropolitan area, is 
located in Tuscany, central Italy, close to other historical and 
monumental cities like Lucca, Florence, Siena as well as country-side, 
beaches and mountains (www.pisaunicaterra.it). Pisa is not only a 
welcoming and liveable city, frequented by tourists for its natural 
beauty and its monuments, but also an ideal city for students.

The Pisa University System, comprising the University of Pisa, the 
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and the Scuola Normale Superiore, is 
acknowledged to be one of the most prestigious centres of academic 
studies and research in Europe, and it promotes a unique model of 
multidisciplinary research and education.




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