Doctoral (PhD) Student Positions – Bio-Inspired Design and Control

Research / Academic
The Surgical Robotics Laboratory ( in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering Technology) at the University of Twente, The Netherlands has openings for a PhD students within the research area of Bio-inspired Design and Control.

Research project description

Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized medicine by enabling interventions without large incisions, thereby significantly improving clinical outcomes. Such surgical techniques include insertions of needles, flexible snake-like continuum robots, and micro- and nano-robots. For effective medical diagnosis and treatment, the device must reach its intended target. In order to increase the targeting accuracy of the procedure and improve clinical outcomes, the goal of this research project is to develop new methods to design, manufacture, and control novel robotic systems that mimic motion of organisms. Techniques would be developed to track and control the path of the novel devices using images (magnetic resonance and/or ultrasound imaging modalities). You will build on the existing expertise in the lab in the micro-robotics and image-guided control of flexible surgical devices.

The present project will be conducted within the Surgical Robotics Laboratory ( and the Department of Biomechanical Engineering ( In addition, there are excellent opportunities for collaboration with the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology (, University Medical Centre Groningen, and several institutions abroad.


The successful applicant has a background in mechanical, biomedical, or electrical engineering, or applied physics or in a closely related discipline. She or he should possess excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: system dynamics and control, robotics, mechatronics, mechanical design, or nano-/micro-fabrication technologies. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.


Applicants who have previously applied to the Surgical Robotics Laboratory need not apply again.  Please upload your application, including the following documents as a *single* PDF file through the button below. 
  • CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
  • Transcripts from your Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees
Contact Information : prof. Sarthak Misra, Department of Biomechanical Engineering, University of Twente, Phone: +31-53-489-2704
Department website:
Laboratory website:

Salary Benefits:

We offer a contract for four years. The monthly salary of a PhD candidate, in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO- NU), ranges from € 2395 gross in the first year to € 3061 gross in the fourth year.
Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but you will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience as well.
Work Hours:

40 hours per week


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