Orthopaedic Robotics and Navigation Scientist

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Campus: South Kensington, London

Surgical robotics is one of the most promising new technologies in medicine and this post will expose the successful candidate to a uniquely qualified research team and one of the leading medical robotics manufacturers in the world. There is no better way to gain practical, hands on experience in this space, with the potential for impactful discoveries and tangible translational/commercial impact.

Our dynamic team is recruiting for an experienced Research Associate to lead on an exciting new partnership between MIM and Smith & Nephew, the manufacturers of the Navio™ robotic surgical assistant. The successful candidate will work closely with the team at Imperial College and S&N on an Innovate UK supported project centred on the research and development of the next smart orthopaedic system for surgery. This will involve an exploration of exciting new technologies, such as rapid prototyping and augmented reality, as well as hands on experience of a commercial product, for which we intend to reach a new level of immersion and surgical experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

You will lead Imperial College’s effort to explore new surgical workflows and refine the robotic delivery platform of a commercial system, working closely with PhD students and industrial collaborators on both software and hardware. You will be dealing with medical images and statistical shape models, working with optical trackers, hand-held robotic tools and a commercial ecosystem for computer assisted surgery to deliver a vision of the next generation of MRCAOS.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • ­You should have a PhD (or equivalent experience) in surgical robotics, computer assisted surgery, medical image computing or a closely related discipline.
  • Experience of surgical navigation/robotics is essential, as are practical skills in the handling and postprocessing of medical images (predominantly MRIs and CTs) to create patient-specific datasets.
  • It would be advantageous for you to also have experience in orthopaedics and rapid prototyping technology. 
  • You are a proficient programmer in at least one programming language (e.g. C++), and are familiar with computer aided design techniques.  
  • You have some knowledge of mechatronics and computer graphics.
  • Knowledge of techniques related to virtual/augmented reality and some understanding of joint biomechanics is desirable
  • You must be curious about developing exciting new technologies for surgery.

Key information:

This is a fixed term position for up to 30 months. Interviews will be held in January 2018.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

More information about the Department and the Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory can be found on our webpages.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena – f.rodriguez@imperial.ac.uk. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham – h.stoneham@imperial.ac.uk

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

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