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Intelligent Robotic Device for Minimally Invasive Diagnosis and Treatment


Department of Electronic Engineering

York United Kingdom Biomedical Engineering Electronic Engineering Mechanical Engineering

About the Project

The Medical Robotics Lab (https://www.mrlabuk.com/) at the University of York has career opportunities in Medical Robotics and Medical Mechatronics. Applications are invited for a PhD student in surgical robotics and related basic science.

Smart medical devices are widely used in healthcare. Numerous publications have reported that devices with monitoring, tracking, and navigation can improve diagnostic and surgical outcomes. However, most medical devices in the market are expensive and require significant clinical workflow changes to facilitate their use in hospital and home settings. Furthermore, some medical systems have to use their own accessory designs, which increase disposable costs and may eventually limit the clinical acceptance of the approach. This project aims to develop and validate a cost-effective, easy-to-use and fully integrated medical device for smart procedures during diagnosis and treatment.

We are seeking exceptional, self-motivated individuals to work with an interdisciplinary team to construct and test a novel minimally-invasive device. The research will include mechanical and electronic circuit designs, prototyping and pre-clinical testing of diagnostic and therapeutic devices to address clinical problems. A thorough understanding and hands-on experience of user-centred designs, electronic circuitry, programming and system control in medical applications are highly appreciated. Publication of results is also an integral part of the positions.

Key areas of research include:

  • Design, development and experimental validation of mechanical and electronic systems for small diagnosis and robot-assisted surgery
  • Integration of novel and established tools for controlling and validating accurate placement of diagnostic and treatment devices
  • Investigation of clinical workflows and validation of developed robotic systems in collaboration with clinical partners

We are interested in candidates with a strong background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Degree in Mechanical, Electronic, Electrical, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or related fields
  • Hands-on experience of engineering designs, circuitry, system control and integration, particularly in mechatronic systems
  • Demonstrated capability in designs, fabrications, and testing of novel devices

Also, the following skills and experience would be a plus:

  • Hands-on experience of 3D printing, laser cutting, 3D scanning and rapid-prototyping
  • Proficiency in LabView, Matlab and SolidWorks
  • Knowledge in digital imaging, medical imaging (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-ray), and tracking (optical and electromagnetic tracking) and image-guided therapy
  • Programming experience in C, C++, Python, Android Studio, Xcode, App Inventor
  • Demonstrated capability in smartphone programming and the internet of things (IoT) applications
  • Previous experience in fabricating medical devices

Candidates will conduct research in the area of minimally invasive interventions in close collaboration with clinical partners.

Entry requirements:

Candidates must have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Mechanical, Electronic, Electrical, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or related fields.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/apply/. Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.


Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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