The Biomedical Robotics Lab within the Department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR) at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), (http://www.iit.it/en/advr-labs/biomedical-robotics-lab-new.html), an English-speaking research Institute, is looking for an international, well-motivated and outstanding internship candidate with strong ambition to apply her/his engineering knowledge to the exciting area of robot-assisted laser microsurgery.
This position will be dedicated to the engineering of mechatronic solutions to bring our robotic laser microsurgery technologies to clinical use. It is a great opportunity to apply your engineering knowledge to the development of very important real-life robotic systems with potential to greatly enhance healthcare.
Given the required level of precision and dexterity laser microsurgeries are difficult operations that currently can only be performed by expert surgeons. However, we have shown that robotics can transform and greatly improve this scenario. Our robotic systems have already shown that they can help surgeons perform more precise and safer operations, which can lead to better quality surgeries and much better outcomes for the patients. In the current stage we are working with Head & Neck surgeons and a surgical laser company to create the next generation surgical system for transoral laser microsurgeries. This process involves the refinement and development of new surgical robot prototypes, as well as their evaluation in collaboration with our partner surgeons.
We are seeking to hire an outstanding MSc student (or recent graduate) with strong interest in the design, development and control of robotic systems for microsurgical applications to assist in this technology transfer and innovation process. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team including roboticists, biomedical engineers, interaction researchers and surgeons. She/he will interface with engineers from the company and from IIT to translate research results into a commercial surgical system. This will involve customization of current technologies and potentially the development of new robotic systems in collaboration with the laser company.
At the time of the application, the candidate should be within 6 months from finishing a Master’s Degree or have a recent Master’s Degree awarded within the previous 6 months. Strong communication and English language skills (both written and spoken) are required.
To apply, please send electronically (1) your detailed CV, (2) university transcripts, (3) a cover letter outlining motivation and research interests, and (4) contact information of at least two references to firstname.lastname@example.org bySeptember 1st , 2016 stating “Internship Robot-Assisted Laser Microsurgery” in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.
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