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Post-Doctoral Fellow Positions - Surgical Robotics


The Surgical Robotics Laboratory (http://www.surgicalroboticslab.nl) in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering Technology) at the University of Twente, The Netherlands has several openings for a Post-doctoral fellows within the research area of soft continuum robotics and micro-/nano-robotics.

Research project description

Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized medicine by enabling interventions without large incisions, thereby significantly improving clinical outcomes. Such surgical techniques include insertions of needles, catheters, and micro-robots. For effective medical diagnosis and treatment, the device must reach its intended target. In order to increase the targeting accuracy of the procedure and improve clinical outcomes, the goal of this research project is to develop methods for modeling and controlling a range soft/flexible surgical devices and medical microrobots, as they interact and navigate through the body. Techniques would be developed to track and control the path of the novel devices using images (MR and ultrasound imaging modalities).

The present project will be conducted within the Surgical Robotics Laboratory (http://www.surgicalroboticslab.nl) and the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (https://people.utwente.nl/s.misra). In addition there are excellent opportunities for collaboration with the University Medical Centre Groningen, and several institutions abroad.


The successful applicant has a background in mechanical, biomedical, or electrical engineering, or applied physics or in a closely related discipline. He or she should possess excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: system dynamics and control, robotics, mechatronics, mechanical design, image processing, or nano-/micro-fabrication technologies. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.


Please upload your application, including the following documents as a *single* PDF trough the button below, before May 31st., 2020.

  • CV (including contact information for at least two academic references).
  • Post-doctoral fellow position: Title and abstract of your PhD dissertation, and two (2) of your most relevant papers.

Prof. Sarthak Misra / University of Twente, Enschede
Email: S.Misra@utwente.nl / Phone: +31-53-489-2704

Department website: https://people.utwente.nl/s.misra
Lab website: http://www.surgicalroboticslab.nl 

Ons aanbod

We offer a contract for 12-18 months with a gross salary between € 3.255,- and € 4.274,- per month (Scale 10), depending on experience and qualifications. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but you will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience as well.

De organisatie

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET)
is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

Post-Doctoral Fellow Positions - Surgical Robotics
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