Development of a Low-Cost Autonomous Device for Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment

   School of Science and Engineering

   Sunday, June 30, 2024  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

We are excited to announce a fantastic opportunity to join our dynamic team at the Endorobotics Lab, led by Dr. Luigi Manfredi, in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee. We are seeking a proactive and passionate individual with a keen interest in scientific research in the field of medical devices.

The focus of this project is the development of a low-cost device for the screening and treatment of colorectal cancer, which is currently the third most common cause of death worldwide. Our aim is to revolutionize the screening process by creating an autonomous device capable of conducting a comprehensive inspection of the large bowel and performing surgical tasks. To achieve this ambitious objective, the student will primarily concentrate on developing control strategies, including visual servoing, to improve the stability and precision of the device.

The device will be constructed using soft materials or other cost-effective materials, allowing for affordability without compromising functionality. The candidate will have the exciting opportunity to explore innovative control strategies that enhance the device's stability and precision, considering the unique properties and characteristics of these materials.

This project will take place at the University of Dundee, within a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment involving the School of Medicine and the School of Science and Engineering, the Centre for Medical Engineering and Technology (CMET), at the Endorobotics Laboratory led by Dr. Luigi Manfredi.

What We Offer:

The opportunity to work in a vibrant and collaborative research environment.

Access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources for conducting cutting-edge research.

Mentoring and guidance from experienced researchers and faculty members.

The chance to contribute to a groundbreaking project that has the potential to impact global healthcare.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Luigi Manfredi,

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


We are seeking a candidate who possesses strong communication skills, both oral and written, along with a degree in Mechatronics, Robotics, or an equivalent field. The successful candidate will have a genuine passion for scientific research, particularly in the medical device discipline.

While prior experience in medical robotics is advantageous, we encourage motivated individuals who are eager to learn and contribute to apply.

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent for non-UK qualifications), and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. For international qualifications, please see equivalent entry requirements here:

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) overall score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in reading, listening, speaking and 6.0 in writing). The University of Dundee accepts a variety of equivalent qualifications and alternative ways to demonstrate language proficiency; please see full details of the University’s English language requirements here:


Step 1: If you are enthusiastic about pushing the boundaries of medical device research and would like to join our team at the Endorobotics Lab, please submit the following documents to :

1. A detailed CV outlining your academic achievements, research experience, and relevant skills.

2. A cover letter expressing your interest in the position, highlighting your qualifications, and explaining how your research interests align with the project.

3. Contact information for two professional references.

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Manfredi, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Candidates must apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical Engineering (3 year or 4 year) using our direct application system: Apply for a Research degree in Biomedical Engineering

Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the Research Proposal section, please:

-         Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-         Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.


1. Mathew, A., L. Magerand, E. Trucco, L. Manfredi, "SoftEnNet: Symbiotic Monocular Depth Estimation and Lumen Segmentation for Colonoscopy Endorobots", arXiv, 19-01-2023
2. L. Manfredi, “Endorobots for Colonoscopy: Design Challenges and Available Technologies”, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Biomedical Robotics, Vol 8,14 Jul,2021
3. L. Manfredi, E. Capoccia, G. Ciuti, A. Cuschieri, "A Soft Pneumatic Inchworm Double balloon (SPID) for colonoscopy", Scientific Reports 9 (1), 2019

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