[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship expression of interest (2)

Paolo Fiorini paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Mon Jun 29 10:08:14 PDT 2015

MSCA-IF Expression of Interest: Smart instruments design for surgical robotic applications

Description of the Institution

The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona is looking for a highly motivated 
candidate to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in the Altair Robotics 
Laboratory. The Department of Computer Science of the University of Verona (Italy) was funded in 
2001 and is located in the south of Verona. Its main research labs and offices are located in the 
area of the Medical-Scientific Centre of the university. The department has several research and 
teaching activities that represent a continuous of competences from mathematics, through computer 
science and computer engineering, up to physics. Active research areas are: discrete and application 
mathematics, theory of computation, machine intelligence, information systems, software engineering 
and security, applied computing, cyber-physical systems, applied and experimental condensed matter 
physics. Finally, the leadership of the department in applied research and the impact on the 
surrounding area are confirmed by research funding via European, national and regional programs and 
by the seven spin-offs created in the last years.
The ALTAIR Robotics Laboratory was founded in 2000, concurrently with the establishment of the 
courses Automatic Controls and Robotics within the Department of Computer Science of the University 
of Verona. The main fields of exploration in the research group range from surgical and medical 
robotics, smart robotic instruments, images analysis, virtual and augmented reality to mobile 
robotics and UAVs.

Description of the Position

The robotic group of the Department of Computer Science looks for an experienced researcher 
(Post-Doc) with competences in robotics, control systems, software development and bioinformatics, 
to develop and extend projects in the field of smart instrument design for surgical robots. The 
robotics group aims at reinforcing their knowledge in this field, by this opportunity. The Post-Doc 
will find an environment of researchers at all levels with whom he/she can collaborate to implement 
the project.
Reusability and modularity are key factors in design and manufacturing of the next generation of 
surgical instruments: smart surgical instruments. Instruments that are engineered based on 
patient-specific pre-operative data designed to follow specific access routes that cause minimal or 
zero trauma, that are inherently compliant by nature and embed distributed sensing in support of 
cognitive behaviour e.g. allowing local autonomy. Modularity in design and manufacturing will be 
essential to permit cost efficient design, composition and deployment of these instruments.
Moreover, the design and use of such smart instruments improves the dexterity and increases the 
precision of the intervention. This is due to their patient-specific design but also to the 
possibility of using different diagnosis tools, since instruments embed sensors or can be designed 
with different materials.
The design of smart surgical instruments is also connected with the 3D printing techniques, image 
analysis and sensor fusion methods and distributed control theories.
The selected candidate will be invited to submit a MSCA IF proposal together with Prof. Fiorini, 
supervisor of the proposal. The involvement of the selected candidate in the proposal writing 
process will provide ample opportunity to tailor the proposal to his / her research interests. A 
successful application will result in a one-year, or a two-year appointment.

Number of positions: 1

Research Field: Robotics, Automation and Computer Science Engineering
Career Stage: Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research Profiles: Recognised Researcher (R2)


The salary is paid monthly, the Post Doc will have a desk on a four-people office and he/she will 
access to the university facilities. The university also gives support for mobility period, 
assistance for application procedure to obtain entry visa, information about social security 
protection and rules, procedure to have health insurance in our country, support to find an 
accommodation in Verona and information on how to access to the university nursery for researchers 
with children.


An expression of interest shall be sent to Prof. Paolo Fiorini (paolo.fiorini at univr.it) AND Dr. 
Marta Capiluppi (marta.capiluppi at univr.it) before 15th of July 2015. Your file should contain the 
following elements:
• A short CV. Only CVs with considerable scientific achievements will be considered. Candidates 
should have an excellent track record of research; they should demonstrate the ability to grow into 
scientific/technological leadership roles.
• A statement of research.
• A letter of presentation.
• Contacts of two supervisors/mentors to whom it is possible to ask references.

Prof. Paolo Fiorini, PhD
IEEE Fellow
Department of Computer Science, University of Verona
Ca' Vignal 2 - Strada Le Grazie 15,  37134 VERONA - Italy
Ph: +39 045 802 7963 -- Fax: +39 045 802 7068

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