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    PhD and Post-Doc Positions – Medical Robotics

    MIRA - Institute of Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine at the University of Twente, The Netherlands has an opening for a PhD student and Post-doctoral fellow within the research area of Medical 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 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.

    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 (

    What we ask
    The successful applicant has completed a Master’s or 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: robotics (design, dynamics, and control), finite element modeling (soft tissue mechanics and fluid-structure interactions), and image processing. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

    What we offer
    PhD student position: We offer a contract for four years. The monthly salary of a PhD student, in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU), ranges from € 2042 gross in the first year to € 2612 gross in the fourth year.
    Post-doctoral fellow position: 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.

    Information and application
    Please email your application, including the following documents as a *single* PDF file with "Application Medical Robotics: PhD (or) Post-Doc" in the subject line to
    [+] CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
    [+] PhD student position: Transcripts from your Bachelors and Masters degrees
    [+] Post-doctoral fellow position: Title and abstract of your PhD dissertation
    [+] Research statement indicating your background and interests, and how it aligns with the current position (maximum 500 words for PhD student position and 750 words for Post-doctoral fellow position)

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

    Contact Information
    Sarthak Misra, PhD
    Assistant Professor (Control Engineering)
    Carré 3609, CE-EWI
    University of Twente
    P.O. Box 217
    7500 AE Enschede
    The Netherlands
    Phone: +31-53-489-2704