Internship Opening in Robot-Assisted Cancer Detection & Treatment Systems - [ Fellow ]

Workplace: IIT@CHT
Added on: 01/08/2016 - Expires on: 01/09/2016

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 pursue a research career.

This position will involve research and development activities related to the topic of robot-assisted cancer detection and treatment. This is a highly important research area given that cancer is a leading cause of mortality today, making the improvement of diagnosis and treatment methods a high priority challenge in healthcare.. Robots can offer significant assistance to make cancer treatment effective and efficient. They can help surgeons completely eradicate tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue. For example, in throat cancer surgery robots can enhance surgical precision and allow better preservation of vital functionalities such as breathing, deglutition and vocalization. Nevertheless, the vast majority of cancer operations today completely depends on the experience and judgment of the surgeon to define the borders of the tumor and decide how much tissue to excise from the patient. This is a situation we want to improve by increasing the objectivity of surgical decisions. Therefore, our group is investing on research and development of new robotic systems able to not only enhance the dexterity of surgeons, but also to detect cancer in real-time, which will allow higher precision surgeries with maximum preservation of healthy tissue.

To assist in this work, we are seeking to hire an outstanding MSc student (or recent graduate) with strong interest in biomedical sensors, surgical robotics and systems integration. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team including roboticists, biomedical engineers, physicists and surgeons. She/he will collect and analyze data from controlled surgical operations on ex-vivo tissue realized with our robot-assisted laser microsurgery system. In addition, she/he will also have the opportunity to use information from the novel cancer sensors to enhance the surgeon’s perception and automate the control of the robot for specific surgical tasks.

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.

We are looking for a candidate who is approx. 6 months away from taking his/her Master’s Degree or who took it in the 6 months preceding the application time

Desired qualifications:

  • Background in engineering, physics or related discipline
  • Experience in real-time data acquisition and processing
  • Experience in machine learning and pattern recognition techniques
  • Experience interfacing computer systems and technological (e.g. robotic) devices
  • Creativity and proactive attitude
  • Independent and persistent personality

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 leonardo.demattos@iit.it  bySeptember 1st, 2016 stating “Internship Robot-Assisted Cancer Detection” in the subject of the e-mail. Only complete applications will be evaluated.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, nanoscience and technology.

In order to comply with Italian law (art. 23 of Privacy Law of the Italian Legislative Decree n. 196/03), the candidate is kindly asked to give his/her consent to allow IIT to process his/her personal data.

We inform you that the information you provide will be solely used for the purpose of assessing your professional profile to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as the Data Holder, using computer and paper-based means, observing the rules on the protection of personal data, including those relating to the security of data.

Please also note that, pursuant to art. 7 of Legislative Decree 196/2003, you may exercise your rights at any time as a party concerned by contacting the Data Manager.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

Contacts
Leonardo De Mattos
leonardo.demattos@iit.it
Involved Research lines
Advanced Robotics

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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.