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1 PhD studentship in Soft Robotics at University College London, Mechanical Engineering department, London, U.K. 

Subject: Stiffness and position control for flexible soft robotic manipulators.

(Candidates must be either UK residents, or EU residents who have been living in the UK for 3 years prior to the course commencing)

Application deadline : 1st May 2017

For application and more information, please see this document.


Internship position in Robotics at LIRMM laboratory in Montepellier

Internship location: LIRMM Lab. (University of Montpellier)
Contact persons: Philippe Poignet (Prof) / Salih Abdelaziz (MC), LIRMM (Montpellier), poignet@lirmm.fr abdelaziz@lirmm.fr
Internship duration: 6 months starting from 1st April 2017

Subject: Dynamic position control approach of a robotic assistant for percutaneous interventions under MRI

For more information, please see this document


PhD Position in motor control and neurorehabilitation at the University of Verona (Italy)

The Laboratory Action Perception (LAP) at the University of Verona (Italy) is offering a 3 years Ph.D scholarship in the areas of motor control, learning and neurorehabilitation. A main interest of the LAP is to understand the role of human sensory-motor control and learning on human movement considering healthy people and patients with neuro-motor diseases. The position will be under the supervision of Dr. Matteo Bertucco, Ph.D., and will involve experimental studies on neuromechanical and computational principles of postural and locomotor control and learning in healthy population as well as children with movement disorders (e.g. cerebral palsy). Particularly, the person selected will explore the feasibility of augmented sensory feedback and myocontrol to enhance motor function either in healthy subjects and patients with neuro-motor diseases. The LAP is located at the School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences within the Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences. The Department is among the most dynamic and prolific academic environments in Europe in Neuroscience and the School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences has been ranked among the best 20 Schools of Sport Sciences in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2016). The LAP is equipped with VICON Motion Camera system, 2 force plates, 16 channels wireless EMG, TMS,TDCS and eye-tracking. High qualified laboratories in neuro-imaging, cognitive neuroscience and exercise physiology lab are also located within the Department with possibilities for interdisciplinary collaborations. Moreover, the LAP is currently collaborating with national and international institutions (Europe and USA).
We seek a candidate with M.S in Biomedical or Electrical Engineering or Human Movement Science who is motivated and with strong skills in MATLAB, LabView and C++ desired. Experience with kinematics, dynamics and EMG data collection and analysis is highly welcome.
To Apply:
For more information, please contact lab director Matteo Bertucco, Ph.D. (matteo.bertucco@univr.it). Applications can be submitted to the same e-mail address. Interested candidates should submit (a) a cover letter describing their research experiences, interests, and goals, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) the names and contact information of two individuals who can serve as references.

The position will start the 1 st October 2017.
Applications are accepted until the end for April 2017.


PhD Position in motor control and sport neuroscience at the University of Verona (Italy)

The The Laboratory Action Perception (LAP) directed by Paola Cesari, Ph.D. at the University of Verona (Italy) is offering a 3 years Ph.D scholarship in the areas of motor control, learning and sport neuroscience. A main interest of the LAP is to understand the role of human sensory – motor control and learning on human movement considering healthy people, elite athletes and patients with neuro-motor diseases. The position will involve experimental work on the effect of sensory feedback and decision making on motor anticipation and postural adjustments in healthy, elite and disabled population. The LAP is located at the School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences within the Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences. The Department is among the most dynamic and prolific academic environments in Europe in Neuroscience and the School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences has been ranked among the best 20 Schools of Sport Sciences in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2016). The LAP is equipped with VICON Motion Camera system, 2 force plates, 16 channels wireless EMG, TMS, TDCS and eye-tracking. High qualified laboratories in neuro-imaging, cognitive neuroscience and exercise physiology lab are also located within the Department with possibilities for interdisciplinary collaborations. Moreover, the LAP is currently collaborating with national and international institutions (Europe and USA).

The position will start the 1 st October 2017.
Applications are accepted until the end of April 2017.

We seek a candidate with excellent verbal and written communication skills who is strongly motivated and preferably has computer-programming experience (MATLAB, R, or LabView are required and C++ desired). Experience with TMS and kinematics and dynamics data collection and analysis is welcome. For more information, please contact lab director Paola Cesari, Ph.D. (paola.cesari@univr.it). Applications can be submitted to the same e-mail address. Interested candidates should submit (a) a cover letter describing their research experiences, interests, and goals, (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) the names and contact information of two individuals who can serve as references.


PhD position at Rennes: Tactile haptic feedback for robotic teleoperation

The PhD position is available to work under the supervision of Dr. Claudio Pacchierotti at Irisa / Inria Rennes, France. For more information on Ph.D. position kindly please see this document.


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Three PhD positions in the area of human robot interactions

The Italian Institute of Technology (link) in collaboration with Nearlab, Medical Robotics Laboratory of Politecnico di Milano (link) is offering three PhD positions (expected starting date May 2017) on human robot interactions themes.

1. Real-time monitoring of the human intention and physical capabilities in physical human-robot collaboration

Recent technological advances in hardware design of the robotic platforms enabled the implementation of various control modalities for improved physical interactions with humans and unstructured environments. An important application area for the integration of robots with such advanced physical interaction capabilities is human-robot collaboration, representing high economic and social impacts and maintaining the sense of purpose of the involved people, as the robots do not completely replace the humans from the work process.
Nevertheless, since the human behaviour is usually highly unpredictable and difficult to model, the need for the development of appropriate human-robot interfaces to enable the robot to predict or extract the human intention from various feedback modalities (human motor behaviour, vision, interaction force, voice commands, etc.) becomes crucial.
Therefore, the main objective of this PhD theme is to develop multimodal human robot interfaces for real-time monitoring of the human intention (high-level) and physical capabilities (e.g. fatigue). On the robot side instead, adaptive and hybrid controllers will be developed to achieve effective physical interactions with the human and the external environment.
For more details on PhD theme and requirements, please see this link. For more details, please also see http://hri.iit.it/research/physical-human-robot-interaction-and-collaboration

2. Advanced Physical Human-Robot Interfaces for Exoskeletons

The physical interaction between the human body and a wearable robot is a critical aspect. The way the assistive forces are distributed on the human surface determine the effectiveness and comfort of an exoskeleton. However, the design of the physical interfaces is a challenging task, since the shape of the human body is not uniform and can vary in time. Furthermore, it is important to consider other aspects related with the comfort such as temperature, humidity, breathability, biological compatibility, and so on.

3. EMG-based control of lower limb prosthetic systems

We believe that adding information on the stump’s muscular activation of the user, during either the swing or stance phase, can substantially enrich the quality of the available information and lead to novel control strategies to improve the functionality of the prosthesis and provide a better understanding on the correct utilization of the aid. For example, the control system could determine the correct muscular activation and timing, or self-adjust the parameters of the device based on the health/strength conditions of the user. These data, in combination with classical sensing techniques explained above, could further be used to prevent falls and address related safety issues: the scenarios are multiple and broad.

                 The aim of this project is to develop novel control systems for lower limb prostheses which can integrate, through e.g. sensor fusion algorithms, information on the muscular activation of the user by means of EMG sensing, to improve the functionality of the device and address safety issues.

 

The candidates will have the opportunity to work in a highly international and multi-disciplinary research environment, where researchers coming worldwide share their expertise and enthusiasm to innovate the field of human robot interaction. At the end of the three-year program, the students will be awarded by the PhD title in Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano (link), the most prestigious technical University in Italy.

Useful links:

Politecnico di Milano PhD course website: link

Past PhD students @Nearlab occupation: link

For more information, you can contact Elena De Momi, elena.demomi@polimi.it


 

A temporary research fellowship in the area of minimally invasive robotic surgery at NEAR Lab, Politecnico di Milano

Call for applications for the award of temporary research fellowships within the framework of the following research programme “STUDIO E SVILUPPO DI METODI PER LA ROBOTICA CHIRURGICA MININVASIVA / STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT OF METHODS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE ROBOTIC SURGERY”

Deadline (dd-mm-yyyy): 02-02-2017

Date of Selection Interview (dd-mm-yyyy): 16-02-2017

For more information, please visit this website.


PhD Studentship: Soft and Stiffness-Controllable Robots @ ARQ (Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary), London, UK

PhD Studentship: Soft and Stiffness-Controllable Robots

Fully funded PhD studentship – Soft Robotics @ ARQ, Queen Mary University of London

Centre for Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary (ARQ), Faculty of Science and Engineering, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Applications are invited for one fully-funded PhD studentship in the Centre for Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary (ARQ). The studentship is funded for 3 years; this includes a bursary at the current RCUK doctoral stipend levels and tuition fees. UK/EU candidates and international candidates will be considered.

The PhD studentship is offered in the area of soft robotics. This PhD will build on our previous work in the area of soft and stiffness-controllable robots. The studentship offers the opportunity to engage in scientific collaboration within an ambitious, multi-disciplinary team, to work with state-of-the-art robotic hardware and software, and to create soft robotic systems using our high-end fabrication facilities. Opportunities to produce and disseminate original research contributions will be provided.

You should have a good Bachelors or ideally Masters in an Engineering discipline, Mathematics or Physics. Preferably, you have a background in robotics, CAD, mechanisms and/or programming. We hope that you will be available to start work on this PhD project as soon as possible.

In the first instance please contact Professor Kaspar Althoefer by email (k.althoefer@qmul.ac.uk), with your CV and transcript. Put “Soft Robotics PhD at ARQ – 2017 SEMS KAA” in the subject line. Applications will be assessed as they arrive and, if appropriate, we will contact applicants to discuss matters further. 


 Research position in Computer Vision and Machine Learning for the OR of the future

The MediCIS/LTSI lab, INSERM/Université de Rennes 1 is looking for a research fellow, in the context of a national project in “Connected Optimized Network & Data in Operating Rooms”. The main objective of this project is to develop a new standard approach for videos in the operating room. The more specific objective of this position is to study innovative approaches for automatic analysis of surgical video content.

The candidate should have a PhD degree and a strong background and experience in computer vision and machine learning with a proven record in research. Programming skills are required. The position is funded from February 2016 from 3 years depending on the starting time. Location: MediCIS team, Laboratory of Signal and Image Processing, Medical University, Rennes, France.

Send applications to: Pierre Jannin, INSERM Pierre.Jannin@univ-rennes1.fr. For more information, please refer to this document.


Research fellow position in tele-operated surgical robotics at Politecnico di Milano

The Medical Robotics section of the Nearlab (www.nearlab.polimi.it/medical ) at Politecnico di Milano (www.polimi.it ) is seeking to appoint a full-time research fellow who will have a key research role in the development of advanced shared-control methods for tele-operated surgical robotics. The work will be performed within an Intuitive Surgical Technology grant and a recently funded EU project.

 We are looking for a highly motivated young researcher with a background in Mechatronics/Computer/Control/Biomedical Engineering or related fields.

The applicant should have basic skills in C++ (or python) development. Experience in Robotics/Haptics is desirable, while knowledge of the Robot Operating System (ROS) and machine learning algorithms are pluses. The applicant is expected to be fluent in English.

The preferred start date is the 1st of March 2017. The successful candidate will be offered a contract of 1 year. The position will offer possible future career options on successful completion.

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following items to nima.enayati@polimi.it before 30.11.2016.

·         A CV outlining experience and qualifications

·         A short paragraph describing the candidates research interest and background

·         Three relevant publications

·         The names of at least two references


One Research Internship Opening on ‘Perception for the WALK-MAN Humanoid Robot’ at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa, Italy

The Humanoids and Human Centred Mechatronics Lab at the Department of Advanced Robotics in the Italian Institute of Technology IIT (an English language Institute, placed in Genoa) is looking for a 6-8 months fully funded research intern to work on the WALK-MAN EU project (www.walk-man.eu).

In particular the WALK-MAN project has the goal to develop a humanoid robot which can operate outside the laboratory space in unstructured environments and work spaces as a result of natural and man-made disasters. Rapid advancements in actuation and control over the last few years enabled articulated humanoid robots to walk in uneven terrain. The problem of foot placement in rough terrain for walking and grasping using 3D perception remains one of the main challenges in robotics and is the key aspect for completing locomotion and manipulation tasks in unknown environments.

For more information on project, please refer to the advertisement.

To apply, please send to Dimitrios Kanoulas (Dimitrios.Kanoulas@iit.it), Przemyslaw Kryczka (Przemyslaw.Kryczka@iit.it), and Nikos Tsagarakis (Nikos.Tsagarakis@iit.it):
1) a detailed CV
2) the name and contact of at least one referee
3) a short paragraph describing your research interests and background


PhD position at Strasbourg IHU/University

PhD position is available on “Development of innovative in vivo mechanical measurements using ultrasound-based elastography for abdominal Computer Assisted Surgery” at Strasbourg University.

The candidate should have a MS degree in engineering or in applied physics. He/She should want to work in a highly biomedical environment and should have excellent general scientific skills ranging from basic physics to programming (Matlab, Python, C++,…). English proficiency is required. Previous experience with medical imaging and/or biomechanics, as well as previous experience in a research laboratory, is a plus.

For more information on project, please refer to the advertisement.

To apply, please send a CV, contact information of 2-3 references, and a cover letter to Simon Chatelin, schatelin@unistra.fr


Internship in robot-assisted laser microsurgery

The Biomedical Robotics Lab is looking for an international, well-motivated and outstanding internship candidate with strong ambition to apply her/his engineering knowledge to the exciting area of robot-assisted laser microsurgery.

This position will be dedicated to the engineering of mechatronic solutions to bring our robotic laser microsurgery technologies to clinical use. It is a great opportunity to apply your engineering knowledge to the development of very important real-life robotic systems with potential to greatly enhance healthcare.

Given the required level of precision and dexterity laser microsurgeries are difficult operations that currently can only be performed by expert surgeons. However, we have shown that robotics can transform and greatly improve this scenario. Our robotic systems have already shown that they can help surgeons perform more precise and safer operations, which can lead to better quality surgeries and much better outcomes for the patients. In the current stage we are working with Head & Neck surgeons and a surgical laser company to create the next generation surgical system for transoral laser microsurgeries. This process involves the refinement and development of new surgical robot prototypes, as well as their evaluation in collaboration with our partner surgeons.

We are seeking to hire an outstanding MSc student (or recent graduate) with strong interest in the design, development and control of robotic systems for microsurgical applications to assist in this technology transfer and innovation process. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team including roboticists, biomedical engineers, interaction researchers and surgeons. She/he will interface with engineers from the company and from IIT to translate research results into a commercial surgical system. This will involve customization of current technologies and potentially the development of new robotic systems in collaboration with the laser company.

Desired qualifications:

• Background in engineering; Experience in the design and development of mechatronic systems • Experience in the implementation and programming of embedded systems • Experience in CAD-based mechanical design • Creativity and proactive attitude • Independent and persistent personality • Strong communication and English language skills (both written and spoken) are required.

For more information, please visit the website.


Post-Doc position in Medical Robotics

One Post-Doctoral position in Medical Robotics is available immediately in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Candidates with expertise in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

1) ROBOTICS
2) MEMS

Application package:
Interested candidates should submit the following by email in a single PDF file to: jaydev@gatech.edu

1. Curriculum vitae with a list of at least 3 references
2. A one-page summary of research background and interests
3. At least three papers which could be either published, in-press, or accepted for publication, which demonstrates expertise in the areas mentioned above
4. Relevant courses taken during Ph.D. studies
5. Doctoral dissertation topic and the expected date of graduation (for those who are currently pursuing a Ph.D.)


Internship in robot-assisted laser microsurgery

The Biomedical Robotics Lab is looking for an international, well-motivated and outstanding internship candidate with strong ambition to apply her/his engineering knowledge to the exciting area of robot-assisted laser microsurgery.

This position will be dedicated to the engineering of mechatronic solutions to bring our robotic laser microsurgery technologies to clinical use. It is a great opportunity to apply your engineering knowledge to the development of very important real-life robotic systems with potential to greatly enhance healthcare.

Given the required level of precision and dexterity laser microsurgeries are difficult operations that currently can only be performed by expert surgeons. However, we have shown that robotics can transform and greatly improve this scenario. Our robotic systems have already shown that they can help surgeons perform more precise and safer operations, which can lead to better quality surgeries and much better outcomes for the patients. In the current stage we are working with Head & Neck surgeons and a surgical laser company to create the next generation surgical system for transoral laser microsurgeries. This process involves the refinement and development of new surgical robot prototypes, as well as their evaluation in collaboration with our partner surgeons.

We are seeking to hire an outstanding MSc student (or recent graduate) with strong interest in the design, development and control of robotic systems for microsurgical applications to assist in this technology transfer and innovation process. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team including roboticists, biomedical engineers, interaction researchers and surgeons. She/he will interface with engineers from the company and from IIT to translate research results into a commercial surgical system. This will involve customization of current technologies and potentially the development of new robotic systems in collaboration with the laser company.

Desired qualifications:

• Background in engineering

• Experience in the design and development of mechatronic systems • Experience in the implementation and programming of embedded systems • Experience in CAD-based mechanical design • Creativity and proactive attitude • Independent and persistent personality • Strong communication and English language skills (both written and spoken) are required.

For more information, please visit the website.


Internship in robot-assisted cancer detection & treatment systems

The Biomedical Robotics Lab is looking for an international, well-motivated and outstanding internship candidate with strong ambition to pursue a research career.

This position will involve research and development activities related to the topic of robot-assisted cancer detection and treatment. This is a highly important research area given that cancer is a leading cause of mortality today, making the improvement of diagnosis and treatment methods a high priority challenge in healthcare. Robots can offer significant assistance to make cancer treatment effective and efficient. They can help surgeons completely eradicate tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue. For example, in throat cancer surgery robots can enhance surgical precision and allow better preservation of vital functionalities such as breathing, deglutition and vocalization. Nevertheless, the vast majority of cancer operations today completely depends on the experience and judgment of the surgeon to define the borders of the tumor and decide how much tissue to excise from the patient. This is a situation we want to improve by increasing the objectivity of surgical decisions. Therefore, our group is investing on research and development of new robotic systems able to not only enhance the dexterity of surgeons, but also to detect cancer in real-time, which will allow higher precision surgeries with maximum preservation of healthy tissue.

To assist in this work, we are seeking to hire an outstanding MSc student (or recent graduate) with strong interest in biomedical sensors, surgical robotics and systems integration. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team including roboticists, biomedical engineers, physicists and surgeons. She/he will collect and analyze data from controlled surgical operations on ex-vivo tissue realized with our robot-assisted laser microsurgery system. In addition, she/he will also have the opportunity to use information from the novel cancer sensors to enhance the surgeon’s perception and automate the control of the robot for specific surgical tasks.

Desired qualifications:

• Background in engineering, physics or related discipline • Experience in real-time data acquisition and processing • Experience in machine learning and pattern recognition techniques • Experience interfacing computer systems and technological (e.g. robotic) devices • Creativity and proactive attitude • Independent and persistent personality • Strong communication and English language skills (both written and spoken) are required.

For more information, please visit the website.


Ph.D./Post-doc opportunities at University of Twente

Surgical Robotics laboratory, University of Twente has opening for Ph.D. and post-doc positions in the areas of mechanical, mechatronics and electrical engineering with applications to surgical robotics.

For more information, please visit the website.


BEST Postdoctoral Programme 

The BEST Postdoctoral Programme aims to attract international experienced researchers in the areas of Nanomedicine, Cell Engineering and ICT for Health, the three research flagships at the Institute.

BEST offers up to 24 high-potential fellows (in 2 calls of 12 positions per call) a two-year contract at IBEC, as well as funded interdisciplinary and intersectoral placements at world-class research centres, hospitals and companies within IBEC’s global network of collaborating institutions.

For more information, please visit the website.


PhD openings – iCub whole-body motion control

The Italian Institute of Technology is looking for talented Ph.D. candidates in the context of robotics. Research will be conducted on the topic of compliant motion planning exploiting whole-body distributed tactile and force/torque sensing. Experiments will be conducted on the iCub humanoid robot (www.icub.org). The research will leverage state-of-the-art technology in force, tactile and inertial sensing, thus making the iCub the ideal (if not unique) platform to robustly perform whole-body contact tasks in autonomous, unstructured and hard-to-predict contexts. The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is an English-language working environment based in Genoa, Italy, with state-of-the-art laboratories and worldwide collaboration in the field of robotics, machine learning, neuroscience, cognitive systems, and nanotechnology. Research on whole-body compliant motion planning will be conducted under the supervision of Francesco Nori, researcher at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in the iCub Facility. Collaborations with the groups of Giorgio Metta (iCub facility) and Nikos Tsagarkis (Advanced Robotics Department) are already in place and the winning candidate will therefore have the chance to work also with these groups. Candidates are expected to have a strong background in mechanics, control theory and/or computer science. Deadline is June 10, 2016 at 12.00 noon (Central European Time).

For more information, please visit the website.

Online applications available at website .


1-year scholarship (with an additional 1-year possible renewal) in the area of modeling of deformable objects, with specific emphasis on modeling of human organs

The candidate must have experience in graphical programming with physics engines and with GPU programming. The project will be carried out as part of the EU project MURAB and the Italian project Robiopsy, aimed at analyzing breast and prostate deformations.

For more information, please visit the website.


PhD Studentship in Modelling Deformations and Solid/Fluid Interactions in Soft Tissues with Application to Drug Delivery in Brain

Imperial College, London, Department of Mechanical Engineering, is inviting applications for a research studentship in the area of Computational Modelling for Biomedical applications. The research involves development and validation of novel methods for the modelling of soft tissue microscopic deformations and fluid/solid interactions that govern fluid flow in internal human organs (with main focus on brain)

For more information, please refer to the document.


PhD position – Optical coherence tomography and Robotized flexible endoscopy

ICube Laboratory, Strasbourg university, is inviting applications for a studentship in the area of robotized interventional endoscopy . The applicant will be part of the vibrant the Photonics Instrumentation and Processes team (IPP) and Control, Vision and Robotics (AVR) team at ICube, CNRS, University of Strasbourg.

More information, please refer to the document.


PhD studentship in Image Guided Robotic Microsurgery

The Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering is inviting applications for a studentship in the area of image Guided Robotic Microsurgery. The applicant will be part of the vibrant Translational Imaging Group of the Centre for Medical Image Computing, and the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Medical Imaging, University College London

More information is available at UCL website.


Post-Doc Opening in Interactive Systems Integration for Assistive Technologies

Post-Doc Opening in Interactive Systems Integration for Assistive Technologies Expires on: 06/05/2016 The Biomedical Robotics Lab at the Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR) of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work in the areas of multisensory user interfaces and embedded devices integration for assistive technologies for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) patients (within the project TEEP-SLA, funded by Fondazione Roma).
https://www.iit.it/careers/openings/opening/126-post-doc-opening-in-interactive-systems-integration-for-assistive-technologies