[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Post-doc Position in haptics / surgical robotics at Rice University

Marcia O'Malley omalleym at rice.edu
Mon Sep 19 20:29:37 PDT 2016

Post-doc Position in Haptics and Surgical Robotics 
Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab 
Rice University Houston, TX USA
The MAHI Lab at Rice University (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__mahilab.rice.edu&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=zyd3xpM9Hzw-kneh6V2UO3o6uIzKnVPWtNSZknzI_D0&s=Zkc4mMyPqqeKv0d_mjLkWi2gLJfTaDCiZWpNckwR7FM&e= ) has one opening
for a post-doctoral research associate, beginning January 2017. The post-doc
will support an exciting research project recently funded by the NSF
National Robotics Initiative, with the opportunity to contribute to other
research efforts within the lab as part of the scope of the appointment.

--- Guiding with touch: Haptic cueing of surgical techniques on virtual and
robotic platforms ---
Recent advances in simulation and robotic surgery have changed the way
surgeons are trained in terms of their ability to gain experience without
risk to patients. However, the feedback surgical trainees receive is still
delayed, subjective, and qualitative, which does not provide the maximum
support for rapid acquisition of motor skill. Previous research by the PIs
has shown that low-level properties of movements (e.g., smoothness) made in
the performance of several motor tasks including surgery in both virtual and
robotic environments are highly correlated with high-level performance
outcomes, such as total scores in game environments and expert evaluations
in surgical environments. We thus propose to enhance surgical performance
and training by providing performance feedback based on those same
motion-based metrics. This will allow trainees to get feedback that is
immediate and quantitative, which should amplify human capabilities and
result in improved performance in difficult-to-train motor domains such as
surgery. In collaboration with an endovascular surgeon and industrial
partners who have developed virtual reality simulators and robotic platforms
for endovascular procedures, we will evaluate the utility of vibrotactile
haptic cueing of movement strategies for performance enhancement and

The successful candidate will have a PhD in mechanical engineering,
biomedical engineering, or a related field, with a strong background in
dynamic systems, controls, haptics, mechatronics, or robotics.  Demonstrated
experience with human-subject experiments and collaborations with medical
professionals is preferred. The project will be supervised by Prof. Marcia
O'Malley in the Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__mahilab.rice.edu&d=DQIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=zyd3xpM9Hzw-kneh6V2UO3o6uIzKnVPWtNSZknzI_D0&s=Zkc4mMyPqqeKv0d_mjLkWi2gLJfTaDCiZWpNckwR7FM&e= ) in collaboration with Prof. Mike Byrne, Director
of the Computer Human Interaction Lab. The initial term of appointment is
for one year, with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory
performance and availability of funding.

Application Process
Interested applicants should send, in a single email with 'POST-DOC' in the
subject line, to omalleym at rice.edu, the following items:
1. In the body of the email:
     a. A summary of research background and interests (<1 page)
     b. Doctoral dissertation topic
     c. Desired start date
2. As attachments (pdf)
     a. Curriculum vitae including list of publications 
     b. Contact information for at least 3 references

Review of applications will begin immediately, and applicants are encouraged
to apply by November 1, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.
Rice University, an equal opportunity employer and a Tier 1 Research
University, is located in the vibrant urban setting of Houston, TX, the
fourth largest city in the U.S.

Marcia K. O'Malley (Marcie), Ph.D.
Professor of  Mechanical Engineering
Rice University
6100 Main Street MS 321
Houston, TX 77005-1892
Phone: (713) 348-3545, Fax: (713) 348-5423 
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