[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Postdoctoral Fellow in Autonomous Robotic Surgery at the University of Maryland

Axel Krieger axel at umd.edu
Wed May 3 12:13:17 PDT 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow in Autonomous Robotic Surgery at the University of

The newly founded Medical Robotics and Equipment (MRE) Lab at the
University of Maryland, Clark School of Engineering, in the Department of
Mechanical Engineering, in College Park MD, invites applications for a
funded Postdoctoral Fellow position in the area of medical robotics, in
particular in assisted and autonomous robotic surgery. The post-doc
candidate will work on the development and testing of a next generation
autonomous surgical robotic system. In particular, the candidate will work
on image guidance and robot control algorithms and software development to
improve autonomy and efficacy of critical portions of surgery, such as
suturing and tumor surgery.

Assistant Professor Axel Krieger joined the University of Maryland in the
Department of Mechanical Engineering in the spring of 2017. For the last
five years, Dr. Krieger has been Assistant Research Professor and program
lead for Smart Tools at Children’s National, leading the research and
development of robotic tools and laparoscopic devices. Specifically Dr.
Krieger investigates methodologies that increase the intelligence and
autonomy of medical robots to perform previously impossible tasks, improve
efficiency, and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Krieger and his team
developed the smart tissue autonomous robot (STAR). STAR recently
successfully performed supervised autonomous anastomoses in in-vivo animal
studies, a first in autonomous soft tissue surgeries.

Dr. Krieger and his team at the MRE lab are looking for bright,
enthusiastic, and skilled candidates with PhD degree in computer science,
mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or similar engineering
background, preferably with extensive experience in robotics, C++
programming, embedded software design, ROS programming, robotic
simulations rviz/Gazebo, camera and sensor integration, CAN bus control,
and in the use of KUKA or similar robots manipulation.
This National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Postdoctoral Fellow
position is for a minimum of one year and extendable up to three years.
The position is open until filled with applications received on or before
May 20th, 2017 receiving full consideration. To apply for this position,
please email the following to Dr. Krieger (axel at umd.edu) as a single PDF

1. Cover letter including:
    - Brief summary of qualifications, experience, and research interest
    - PhD institution, Department, and Advisor
    - Thesis/Dissertation title, abstract, date
    - Name, email, and phone number of Ph.D. advisor and at least two
additional references
    - Link to website if appropriate. Downloadable sample code is a plus.
2. Curriculum Vitae

Axel Krieger, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland
2151 Glenn Martin Hall
College Park, MD  20742
axel at umd.edu

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