Research Fellow in Control of Medical Robots

Leeds, West Yorkshire (GB)
£32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
21 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
21 May 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow in Control of Medical Robots

Reference:  ENGEE1060

Do you want to reduce cancer mortality rates in low-income countries by designing innovative robots for early screening? Do you want to make the difference in scientific research applied to surgical robotics? Are you able to think outside the box to find innovative solutions to life-threatening diseases? Do you want to join an international team of outstanding roboticists and clinicians?

We are looking for a talented, experienced and proactive researcher to join our Science and Technology of Robotics In Medicine (STORM) Lab, bringing their excitement for scientific research in medical robotics with them.

At the STORM Lab, we strive to improve the quality of life for people undergoing gastrointestinal endoscopy and abdominal surgery by creating miniature intelligent robots. The continuous quest for miniaturization has made the science fiction vision of miniature capsule robots working inside the human body come true. Your work will contribute to the design and creation of mechatronic and self-contained devices to be used inside specific districts of the human body to detect and cure diseases in a non-invasive way.

This project is supported by the recent acquisition of a da Vinci Research Kit (dVRK) and by a major EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund grant to the STORM Lab aiming to optimise, assess, and validate a novel ultra-low-cost robot for gastrointestinal endoscopy to enable gastroesophageal cancer screening in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). It is anticipated that two visits to Tianjin in China will be required during the first two years of the project, one during the first year lasting a week, and one during the second year lasting a month.

Holding a PhD (or close to completion) in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Surgical Robotics or related disciplines, you will have a high level of analytical and computing skills (Python, C/C++, Java, Robot Operating System (ROS), and Mathworks MatLab are preferred), together with a proactive, enthusiastic approach to research.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Pietro Valdastri, PhD, Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3706 or email:

Further information

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector.

Closing Date:  Sunday 21 May 2017