Research Associate in Soft Robotic Implantable Technologies for Short Bowel Syndrome

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity in the University of Sheffield’s Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, in the Sheffield Biomedical Robotics Laboratory for someone with a passion for the fields of soft robotics, and medical and surgical robotics and a keen interest to see these technologies translate to the clinic.

The post provides a rare opportunity to contribute to research and development of transformative surgical techniques for the repair and reconstruction of soft tissues. This project unifies three lines of research: robotics, soft functional materials and mechanical-driven therapy.

You will contribute with publications, developing preclinical-proof devices in collaboration with stakeholders, assist the surgical team with the engineering aspects of the device preclinical testing and lead preliminary activities for the device commercialisation. This post is funded by MRC, with co-investigators from Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and our industrial partners. This project is part of an academically led commercial opportunity with the vision to develop a cure for Short Bowel Syndrome. The team is part of and supported by the Insigneo Institute, an organisation driving innovative research at the interface of healthcare, engineering, and science to transform the future of healthcare technology and is supported by a dedicated Commercialisation Manager.

You should hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in any relevant area of robotics, soft robotics, medical robotics (or have equivalent experience) and should have a strong knowledge of experimental implementation of soft-matter fabrication or/and control and be interested in taking a technical lead in the translation of the technology. You will join an internationally renowned research group in biomedical robotics, and will contribute to the reputation of ACSE as the leading department in systems and control.

The principal investigator and line manager for this role is Dr. Dana Damian. Her research has received international awards, e.g., Best Paper Award in Medical Robotics at ICRA 2020, and extensive media coverage, including Forbes, The Economist, New Scientist, The Telegraph, USA Today, National Geographic. More information about the lab:

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