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