Postdoctoral fellows in medical robotics at University of Bern, Switzerland


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The Image Guided Therapy Group of ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern together with the Department of Neurosurgery of the University Hospital Bern, Inselspital Bern is inviting applicants for Postdoctoral fellows in medical robotics with a focus on a project “Towards intelligent sensor-enhanced robotic neurosurgery”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation in the “BRIDGE Discovery” program.

Neurosurgical procedures, in particular for degenerative spine diseases have undergone steady innovation, driven by increased understanding of spinal biomechanics and bone fusion techniques. As a result, the development of sophisticated spinal instrumentation (e.g. pedicle screw placement) together with image guidance and surgical robotic technology have positively impacted neurosurgical intervention. The project proposes a robotic screw placement technology and surgical approach based on local sensing and mapping techniques for mechanical and electrical tissue properties, assessed continuously and in real-time while drilling the pedicle screw hole. Applicants are expected to conduct a continuum of fundamental and clinical research in the area of robotic microsurgery for applications in spinal neurosurgery.

Qualifications:
A doctoral degree from biomedical engineering (or a related field) with a strong publication track-record in sensor-based robotics, surgical navigation, image analysis and computer aided surgical systems is desirable, while a track record in engineering towards clinical applications is a prerequisite. Joint-honors candidates with medical/engineering qualifications are encouraged to apply. Strong oral/written communication, problem-solving, reasoning, organization, planning and analytical skills are a must.
About the position:
The University of Bern is located in the heart of Switzerland. Salaries for post-doctoral fellows start from CHF 81,000 per year, the precise amount to be determined by the University’s department of human resources.
To apply:
Applications should be sent by email (with subject “[IGT-BRIDGE] Postdoc position”) to recruit@artorg.unibe.ch and must contain a cover letter, a research statement, a CV, a list of publications and the names of three references. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.
For enquiries about the vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Weber by e-mail on stefan.weber@artorg.unibe.ch. The University of Bern and SITEM is committed to promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in research and higher education. To that end applications from women are particularly welcome for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.

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