Postdoctoral Positions in Medical Robotics, University of Twente, Netherlands

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MIRA - Institute of Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine at the University of Twente, The Netherlands has an opening for two post-doctoral fellows within the research area of Medical Robotics.

What we ask
The successful applicant has completed a doctoral degree in mechanical, biomedical, or electrical engineering, 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: solid mechanics, finite element modeling, and image processing. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. Experience with programming and using a commercial finite element analysis package is a plus. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

About the project
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 endoscopes. For effective medical diagnosis and treatment, the instrument 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 the interaction of existing and novel medical instruments with soft tissues and with fluids. These models would be used to track and control the path of the medical instrument using a clinical imaging modality such as ultrasound. The applicant will be closely working with the Clinical Physics Laboratory and Department of Radiology at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands.

The University of Twente
The University of Twente ( is an entrepreneurial research university, located in Enschede, The Netherlands. The present project is part of MIRA - Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine (, and will be conducted within the Control Engineering Group (

Research institutes
MIRA - Institute of Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. More details can be found at:

What we offer
We offer a contract for 18 months. This salary will be in scale 10 (CAO-NU) and will depend on the relevant experience in this field of expertise. 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.

Contact information
Please react via this website and complete your application with the following documents as a *single* PDF file with “Application Medical Robotics: Post-Doc” in the subject line

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

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, until the positions are filled.

Contact ONLY for information

Sarthak Misra, PhD
Assistant Professor (Control Engineering)
Phone: +31-53-489-2704

Applications should be received by us, not later than 30 April 2011.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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