Post-Doctoral Fellow Position – Surgical Robotics

Research / Academic

The Surgical Robotics Laboratory in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente, The Netherlands has an opening for a Post-doctoral fellow within the research area of Surgical Robotics.

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, catheters, and micro-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 methods for modeling and controlling a range soft/flexible surgical devices and medical microrobots, as they interact and navigate through the body. Techniques would be developed to track and control the path of the novel devices using images (MR and ultrasound imaging modalities).

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 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. He or she 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 image processing. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.


Please upload your application, including the following documents as a *single* PDF file, through the button below before October 1, 2019.

  • CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
  • Post-doctoral fellow position: Title and abstract of your PhD dissertation, and two (2) of your most relevant papers.
Prof. Sarthak Misra University of Twente
Phone: +31-53-489-2704Department website:
Lab website:

Salary Benefits:

Post-doctoral fellow position: We offer a contract for 12-24 months. This salary will be in scale 10 (CAO-NU) and will depend on the relevant experience in this field of expertise.

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:

38 hours per week


Drienerlolaan 5