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Flexible manipulators for ultrasound surgery

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  • Full or part time
    Prof P Valdastri
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

The student will join the multi-disciplinary research carried on at the Science and Technology of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab at the University of Leeds (http://stormlabuk.com/), where we are developing soft-tethered capsule robot and surgical manipulators that can save lives of people at risk of cancer.

Students graduated from our lab currently work for worldwide leaders in technological innovation such as Apple and Intuitive Surgical, or continue research in leading groups in the field of medical robotics. This vacancy is created by a major EPSRC Programme grant to the STORM Lab aiming to deliver ultrasonic devices for minimal access interventional surgery via a soft, flexible and compliant robotic manipulator.

Activities during the PhD will include design, fabrication and lab-based evaluation of small-scale medical robots for endoscopy and surgery, development and application of soft manipulators to deliver therapy through winding and convoluted pathways, pre-clinical assessment of developed systems in animal and/or cadaveric models in collaboration with our clinical partners, analyse and summarize research results into high-quality peer-reviewed scientific publications, travel for research meetings with our collaborators and for presenting research results at conferences worldwide, participating in outreach activities to engage the broader community into science and engineering. Frequent interactions with our partners at the Universities of Glasgow, Southampton, Birmingham and Edinburgh will offer an outstanding research experience.

Funding Notes

Funding covers the cost of tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant to match the standard Research Council rates (around £14,777 in session 2018/19). Funding duration is 3.5 years.

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