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PhD in open source robotic surgery

  • 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

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 ( and will work on the DaVinci Research Kit (

Intuitive Surgical, worldwide market leader in robotic surgery, has kindly donated this kit to the University of Leeds and will constantly monitor our research outcomes. Research topic will include design and integration of new robotic end-effectors, automation of robotic tasks in surgery, improvement of the human machine interface design, surgical skills analysis and training, and platform validation in collaboration with our clinical partners.

Other activities will include 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 Intuitive Surgical and 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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