The Translational Imaging Group invites applications for an Electronics, Materials, or Sensing Engineering 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 development of a next generation multi-arm flexible robot with on-board imaging and sensing, and, more specifically, the exteroceptive sensing aspects of the project. The team’s final aim is to develop a flexible robot to facilitate novel interventions to ocular structures, including retinal stem-cell delivery and thrombolytic drug deposition. The PDRA can emphasize on development of force and shape sensors, their integration, and the translation of the developed approaches to the benchtop system. Depending on background and aspirations, the PDRA can investigate new materials that increase robot performance. 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.

This post is funded for 1 year in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Candidates must have a PhD, equivalent qualification, or equivalent industrial experience in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical 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 microelectronics system design, modelling, and development, preferably, but not necessarily, in an image-guided robotic surgery context. Familiarity with force sensing and flexible electronics is highly desirable. Experience with relevant Computer-Aided Design software (e.g. Solidworks) and scientific computing platforms (e.g. Matlab/Simulink) is necessary.

Further Details

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

To apply for the vacancy please visit the UCL recruitment page

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