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