PhD Position Medical robotics system design and development

PhD Position Medical robotics system design and development

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15 Aug 30 Sep Delft

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Working on Sustainable Operation robots in a multidisciplinary team and also doing a PhD? take your chance!

Job description

Within the Advanced Laparoscopy (AdLap) sustainable robot project for Low and Middle Income Counties, the Mechanical engineering PhD candidate will focus on improving the hardware of the robot master (control unit), robot slave (tripod with 2 robot arms and scope holder next to the patient) and the locally active scope holder containing a smart and elegant video and light source system based on the latest rasbarry and LED technology. At the end of the first year, the focus will slowly shift to the further development of the smart Misli drive, a fully modular gearbox (between instrument and robotic arm) in which laparoscopic instrument shafts and jaws can be quickly changed. This gearbox will recognize the status of all parts by means of smart internal sensor systems in order to determine whether maintenance is needed. In addition, elegant and robust force transducers will need to be developed and integrated in the gearboxes to determine whether tissues are safely manipulated during the surgical procedure.

The project is being carried out in a team of 2 PhD students in Delft and 1 in Amsterdam who work closely together with the support of specialized (robotics and medical device companies) such as Asensus, Technalia, Demcon and Van Start Medical. In addition, 1 experienced graduate engineer will coordinate the project. The project is being carried out within the COR and BME departments (section BITE+MI).


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


Need to haves:

  • Graduated (Ir or equivalent ) in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial design (or related)
  • Demonstrable experience with mechatronics, sensors and actuators
  • Experience in the design and development (of parts) of technical systems
  • Experience in publishing scientific work team player and willing to work in a multidisciplinary team of engineers, technicians and clinical specialists interest in surgery.

Nice to haves:

  • Technical skills in prototype design and manufacturing
  • Interest in robotics, controll systems and controll software/hardware
  • Driving license and transportation
  • Experience with programming language such as Piton/Matlab

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Conditions of employment

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. 

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

From chip to ship. From machine to human being. From idea to solution. Driven by a deep-rooted desire to understand our environment and discover its underlying mechanisms, research and education at the 3mE faculty focusses on fundamental understanding, design, production including application and product improvement, materials, processes and (mechanical) systems.

3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with high-tech lab facilities and international reach. It’s a large faculty but also versatile, so we can often make unique connections by combining different disciplines. This is reflected in 3mE’s outstanding, state-of-the-art education, which trains students to become responsible and socially engaged engineers and scientists. We translate our knowledge and insights into solutions to societal issues, contributing to a sustainable society and to the development of prosperity and well-being. That is what unites us in pioneering research, inspiring education and (inter)national cooperation.

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  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD04289


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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