Research Assistant in Biomedical Robotics
- University of Sheffield - Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
- Job Title: Research Assistant in Biomedical Robotics
- Location: Sheffield
- Salary: Grade 6 (£25,298 to £29,301)
- Hours: Full Time
- Contract Type: Fixed-term for 4 months full time (part-time will also be considered)
- Closes: 5th May 2017
The Research Assistant will be part of a team involved in the development of a robotic implant, funded by the University of Sheffield. Medical robots have been successfully applied to the restoration of human health, from minimally invasive surgical procedures to rehab and prostheses. These robots function under the conscious control of an operator, outside the human body or in the body for short periods of time. Robotic implants are implanted in the body for an extended period of time and interact with tissues to regulate tissue forces and dimensions. Thus, they can be employed to gradually grow tissues by stretching them, based on findings in which tension in cells induced their proliferation.
We will develop a robotic implant, for growing oesophageal tissue, that fulfils critical requirements for clinical use. The robotic implant will thus address the need for controlled and reliable tissue repair over long period of time, acting autonomously or in collaboration with a surgeon, and operating at all necessary times to control tissue growth and quality.
The main job roles and responsibilities are:
• Advance the development of the current robotic implant platform, according to the objectives of the project
• Reporting research and development results
• Take responsibility for your own research and deliver high quality outputs within a defined schedule
• Collaborate with other members of the research group involved in the project or similar projects
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.
The specific role for this position requires a person with skills in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, robotics, electrical engineering, computer science or a related field. Essential criteria for the candidate include a good honour degree, hands-on experience with robotic and mechatronic systems, experience with building systems, electronics or control, or experience with integrating systems.
The successful candidate will be a part of the recently established Sheffield Biomedical Robotics Laboratory led by Dr. Dana Damian. Our mission is to develop soft bionic and assistive robots that show life-like sustainable operation in order to achieve long-term adaptive healthcare. We exploit the computational interplay between materials, structures and mechanics. We inter-weave approaches to materials, manufacturing, and control to develop machines for healthcare. Key concepts are medical robots, soft robots, embodied artificial intelligence, and human development.
The specific role for this position will involve skills in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, robotics, electrical engineering, computer science or a related field. Essential criteria for the candidate include a good honours degree (or equivalent experience), hands-on experience with robotic and mechatronic systems, experience with building systems, electronics or control, and experience with integrating systems.
The post is fixed term for 4 months full-time. Part-time options will also be considered.