Research Associate in Orthopaedic Robotics and Navigation Science

Imperial College London - Mechanical Engineering

Campus: South Kensington, London

The Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory at Imperial College was the birthplace of medical robotics and computer assisted orthopaedic surgery (MRCAOS) in the United Kingdom. We are recognised as a centre of excellence for medical robotics research worldwide.

Our dynamic team is recruiting for an enthusiastic Roboticist or Computer Scientist 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.

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.

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.

  • A PhD in surgical robotics, computer assisted surgery, medical image computing or a closely related discipline is desirable, or relevant industrial experience in software/hardware R&D.
  • Experience of surgical navigation/robotics is also desirable, 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.

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. The opportunity to enrol as a part time PhD student for applicants without a doctoral degree may be possible.

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 – Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Miss Helen Stoneham –

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