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Design and control of magnetic soft robot for surgical applications

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This vacancy is created by a major European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant awarded to the STORM Lab, which aims to define a new generation of surgical tentacle-like robots that can be magnetically guided within the human body by magnetic fields.

The candidate will work on the ERC granted project NoLiMiTs (Novel Lifesaving Magnetic Tentacles, EU contract number 818045) aiming at exploring innovative processes to manufacture patient-specific intelligent magnetic tentacles, modelling their behaviour under an external controllable magnetic field and filed gradient, and testing them in realistic anatomical models.

The fabrication and manufacturing elements will be conducted in collaboration with Professor Russell Harris of the Future Manufacturing Processes Research Group at the University of Leeds. Activities during the PhD will also include analysis and dissemination of research results into high-quality peer-reviewed scientific publications (target AAAS Science Robotics), travel for research meetings with our collaborators, presenting research results at international conferences worldwide, and participating in outreach activities to engage the broader community in science and engineering.

The candidate will join the multi-disciplinary research team in the Science and Technology of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab at the University of Leeds, where we strive to improve the quality of life for people undergoing soft-tissue surgery and flexible endoscopy by creating miniature and non-invasive robots.

This includes the creation and investigation of miniature capsule-like or tentacle robots to work inside the human body. At the STORM Lab, we are designing and creating soft and compliant robotic devices that can be used within the human body to detect and cure diseases in a non-invasive way.We have a proven track record of developing our students into world-leading innovators and leaders in technology. Our alumni have gone on to global tech industry, such as Apple and Intuitive Surgical, or continue to develop other areas of research in leading groups in the field of medical robotics.

Funding Notes

Funding covers the cost of tuition fees as well as a generous maintenance grant (£20,400 in session 2019/20, negotiable depending on the applicant's CV and experience). Funding duration is 3.5 years.

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