The Translational Imaging Group invites applications for a Robotics Software Research Associate and Senior Research Associate with experience in Image-Guided Robotic Micro-Surgery. This is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic Researchers / Engineers with relevant skills in this area to join an internationally leading research group, and work on an innovative surgical system for retinal stem-cell implantation.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) will be involved in the design of a next generation multi-arm flexible robot with on-board imaging, and, more specifically, the robotics software aspects of the project. The teams’ final aim is to develop a flexible robot to facilitate novel interventions to ocular structure, including retinal stem-cell delivery and thrombolytic drug deposition. The PDRA can emphasize on robot software development for design, control, and path-planning, as well as investigation on efficient robot kinematics, human/robot interaction, and collision avoidance. The PDRA will be given to freedom to submit M.Sc./M.Res. projects, as well as become part of PhD Student supervision.

The project enjoys excellent financial support through an ERC Starting Grant. The post holder will be employed within the Translational Imaging Group, part of UCL’s Centre of Medical Image Computing. Strong interactions with Moorfields Eye Hospital under the supervision of Prof. Lyndon da Cruz will ensure the clinical relevance of the contributions. The project is well linked with the recent Wellcome Trust / EPSRC investment at UCL to create a Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences, as well as with the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering.

The start date is flexible, with an expectation of a start in September 2017. The post is funded for 1 year in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD, equivalent qualification, or equivalent industrial experience in computer science, robotics engineering, software engineering, biomedical engineering, or closely related field. Candidates must possess a first or upper second undergraduate degree or equivalent in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, or related subject, and must demonstrate excellent engineering and communication skills. A strong publication record is expected.

All candidates must have demonstrable experience of developing software for robot design, control, and path-planning, preferably, but not necessarily, in an image-guided robotic surgery context. Familiarity with flexible robots and their modelling is highly desirable. Experience with C++ and Python is necessary. Experience with scientific computing platforms (e.g. Matlab/Simulink) is necessary. Familiarity with Robot Programming (e.g. via ROS) would be desirable. Experience in software/hardware integration would be desirable.

Further Details

Interested candidates are welcome to contact Dr Christos Bergeles, for an informal discussion.

To apply for the vacancy please visit the UCL recruitment webpage.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Neha Shah, HR Manager for advice -