[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Funded positions for postdoctoral and graduate studies in surgical robotics

neuroarm neuroarm at ucalgary.ca
Mon Jul 6 08:35:49 PDT 2015

Highly motivated and skilled postdoctoral fellows and graduate students with
past experience in medical robotics and especially haptics-enabled
robot-assisted surgery are invited to work on a joint project between the
University of Calgary and the University of Alberta with participation of
MDA Corporation. The research project is multidisciplinary and aims to
design and develop a neurosurgery-specific haptic hand-controller to improve
the intuitive use of surgical robotics. A state-of-the-art haptic
hand-controller will specifically be designed, developed and optimized in
order to provide enhanced haptic feedback specific to neurosurgical
requirements. The project takes advantage of unique infrastructure at
Project neuroArm (http://www.neuroarm.org/), which allows the quantitative
and qualitative assessment of haptic hand-controllers. Neurosurgeons are
involved as end-users who will translate the outcome of the research to
neurosurgery, helping to develop and test the efficacy of the engineering
design. The research brings together engineering and clinical investigators
from the University of Calgary (led by Garnette Sutherland, a lead
investigator in the field of iMRI and surgical robotics), the University of
Alberta (led by Mahdi Tavakoli, a lead investigator in the field of
Haptics), and MDA. 

The research will require a strong theoretical background as well as
hands-on experience in as many of the following areas as possible: mechanism
design especially haptic interface design and medical device design,
electromechanical and mechatronic systems design and interfacing, robotics
especially kinematics analysis and teleoperation control, system modeling
and control, human-machine interaction, tissue modeling, virtual-reality
simulation, pre-clinical data collection and statistical analysis, safety
and risk analysis, and C/C++ programming. 

For MSc and PhD students, the start date will be September 2015 (or January
2016 under exceptional circumstances). For postdoctoral fellows, the start
date is as soon as possible, but negotiable. If you are interested in being
considered, please email the following documents in a single PDF file as
soon as possible to <kzareini at ucalgary.ca> and <neuroArm at ucalgary.ca>: (1) a
CV, including a brief (300-500 word) research statement, (2) transcripts of
previous university degrees (unofficial would be sufficient at this point),
(3) representative publications in electronic format, and (4) the contact
information of three individuals who can serve as references. Following
receipt of CVs, shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. The
interview will allow for further interaction and information regarding the
research project. Interviews will start on April 30, 2015 and continues
until positions are filled. Successful candidates are expected to have
in-depth comprehensive knowledge in electrical/computer/mechanical
engineering or computer science, good time management and writing skills,
together with the ability to work effectively with other researchers.
Competitive salaries will be offered to the successful candidates. 

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