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10 Oct

PhD studentship in Flexible Sensors for Robotic Surgery

Allocated Projects

Duration of Studentship – 4 years
Stipend – £16,296 per annum + fees (£4,728)
Closing Date – Midnight, 28th February 2018

Vacancy Information
The Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences is inviting applications for one PhD studentship in “Flexible Sensors for Robotic Surgery”. The successful applicant will be involved in the development of a next generation multi-arm flexible robot with on-board imaging and sensing, and, more specifically, the exteroceptive sensing aspects of the project. The student will research flexible force and shape sensors, their integration, and the translation of the developed approaches to the benchtop system. The team’s goal is to develop a flexible robot to facilitate novel interventions to ocular structures, including retinal stem-cell delivery and thrombolytic drug deposition.

The project is part of an extensive collaboration between WEISS, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, and Moorfields Eye Hospital The student will be a member of a vibrant team of approximately 10 investigators and students, and will be co-supervised by Dr. Christos Bergeles (robotics), Prof. Lyndon da Cruz (ophthalmology), and Dr. Manish Tiwari (materials). This position is funded by Dr. Bergeles’ ERC Starting Grant.

Person Specification
Applicants are expected to have a first degree in electronic, biomedical, or mechanical engineering or relevant physical sciences based subject passed at 2:1 level (UK system or equivalent) or above.

The PhD student sought should have:
(1) A background on robotics and mechatronics/electronics; or
(2) A background on microelectronics, biomedical engineering, or materials science.

Funding will be for 4 years, with a tax-free stipend of £16,296 per year and UK/EU-level university fees (£4,728). Overseas students may apply if they have other means to fund the additional fees

The position will need to start by September 2018.
The Closing date for applications is 28th February 2018

Please notify Dr. Bergeles if you intend to submit an application.

How to Apply
If you have any informal queries please contact Dr. Bergeles at, with your CV and research statement.

Applications will be open from the 16th October via UCL’s official application system:
Please select Research Degree: Medical Imaging

Further information on the research is available at: