Research Fellow in Soft Magnetic Surgical Robots

University of Leeds


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Do you want to make a difference in patients’ quality of life by creating innovative robots that are able to treat incurable diseases? Are you excited about contributing to scientific research in surgical robotics? Are you able to think outside the box to find innovative solutions to life-threatening diseases?  Do you want to join a world-leading team of roboticists, manufacturing engineers, and clinicians?

We are looking for a proactive individual to join our Science and Technology Of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab, bringing their excitement for scientific research in surgical robotics with them. 

At the STORM Lab, we strive to improve the quality of life for people undergoing soft-tissue surgery and flexible endoscopy by creating miniature and non-invasive robots. This includes the creation and investigation of miniature capsule-like or tentacle robots to work inside the human body. At the STORM Lab, we are designing and creating soft and compliant robotic devices that can be used within the human body to detect and cure diseases in a non-invasive way.

This vacancy is created by a major EPSRC grant awarded to the University of Leeds, which aims to define a new generation of soft magnetic surgical robots that can be guided within the human body by magnetic fields to diagnose and treat cancer at an early stage thanks to advanced imaging capabilities. The candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team aiming at exploring innovative processes to manufacture patient-specific intelligent soft magnetic robots, modelling their behaviour under an external controllable magnetic field, and filed gradient, and testing them in realistic anatomical models. Target clinical applications include early diagnosis and treatment of colorectal, pancreatic, and lung cancer.

The fabrication and manufacturing elements will be conducted in collaboration with Professor Russell Harris of the Future Manufacturing Processes Research Group at the University of Leeds.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That’s 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance – the University contributes 21.6% of salary.  
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more! 

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

Pietro Valdastri , PhD, Chair in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3706

Email: [email protected]  

Location:  Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Section:  Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing
Category:  Research
Grade: 
Grade 7
Salary: 

£36,333 to £43,155
p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £38,474 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type: 

Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years – Grant funding)
Release Date:  Thursday 01 June 2023
Closing Date:  Thursday 29 June 2023
Reference:  EPSEE1103
Downloads:  Candidate Brief

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