[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral Position in Robotic Eye Surgery at University of Leuven, Belgium - starting date: Feb 1, 2017

Emmanuel Vander Poorten emmanuel.vanderpoorten at kuleuven.be
Thu Dec 22 12:25:35 PST 2016

Postdoctoral Position in Robotic Eye Surgery at University of Leuven, Belgium - starting date: Feb 1, 2017

The Robot-Assisted Surgery Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Leuven invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the area of surgical robotics. 

We seek outstanding postdoctoral applicants to strengthen this expanding research group. A fully-funded position starting from February 1, 2017 for the duration of one year, with possible extension, is available. We are looking for goal-oriented candidates that are dedicated to close the gap between proof-of-principle laboratory setups and systems with proven clinical relevance. Earlier experience in clinical trials is a plus. Candidates should be in the possession of a PhD in engineering or computer science on topics such as surgical robotics, medical image processing, medical device design, human-robot interaction, mechatronics or general robotics. 

The successful candidate will develop and validate assistive technology for robotic eye-surgery. These activities will be linked to the European-funded H2020 project EurEyeCase that is co-ordinated by Leuven. Within EurEyeCase the candidate will have ample opportunities to engage with our clinical (hospitals in Leuven, Rotterdam and Milan) and industrial partners (SME's in Germany (2), Netherlands) and Austria and will have the opportunity to follow the development trajectory until the operating room. The successful candidate will help manage this particular project, but is also encouraged to pro-actively engage and collaborate with parallel activities in the research group. 

The robot-assisted surgery group (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.mech.kuleuven.be_en_pma_research_ras&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=J7Mbj7psG6iZQKMCC5VPDcVPkcw4kT6feJziSuTbS0g&s=FXta2W_SfJnwynH89iCAYYDx3swNvESRpaPLU_7B1qw&e= ) is a dynamic and multi-disciplinary research group consisting of members of PMA (Production Engineering, Machine building and Automation) and BMe (BioMechanical Engineering),  which maintains tight and multiple collaborations with UZ Leuven, the largest university hospital in Belgium, located at 10 minutes ride (bicycle) of the department. The group has been coordinating the EU FP7 CASCADE project (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.cascade-2Dfp7.eu&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=J7Mbj7psG6iZQKMCC5VPDcVPkcw4kT6feJziSuTbS0g&s=BUr8XlAXs1o-1zYQvzNU1JxfShViAm827VqH-q42AZU&e= ) on robotic catheterization and is closely collaborating with the University College of London in the GIFT-SURG project on fetal surgery. Other active research lines include amongst others bilateral teleoperation, haptics, shared control, bio-mechanical tissue modelling, real-time FEM, human intention recognition, surgical training and robotic laser surgery. 

Applications should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant papers, and names and contact information for at least three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation).

Application through the online tool https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__icts.kuleuven.be_apps_jobsite_vacatures_54022624&d=DwIGaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=J7Mbj7psG6iZQKMCC5VPDcVPkcw4kT6feJziSuTbS0g&s=hXTY9E8Q2YqaTFGmYDL8NO7pQuQRNOXu-w9B8ctCrwM&e=  

- Envisioned starting date Feb 1, 2017
- Deadline of application March 31, 2017.

Please feel free to contact us for further information. 
In such case, please insert "RAS Postdoc - robotic Eye surgery" as header in your email.

With the best regards,

E.B. Vander Poorten,      
Surgical Robotics, Haptic Interfacing, Teleoperation & Training
Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Leuven     
Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13, 3000 Leuven
Dept. of mechanical engineering, division PMA 
Celestijnenlaan 300B, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium      
Emmanuel.VanderPoorten at kuleuven.be 
tel: +32/(0)  

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