PhD Position in Materials Chemistry and Surgical Robotics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 Apr 2024

29 Mar 2024
Job Information

University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG)
Research Field

Medical sciences
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

30 Apr 2024 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Minimally invasive surgery aims to develop treatments for patients that come with high accuracy but minimal intervention. Yet, state-of-the-art procedures still require incision or catheterization of the body, and many tools and physical control of the equipment and introducing hard materials that do not resemble the nature of the tissue surrounding it, such as a cardiovascular stent. This PhD project will design, synthesize, and operate a new multi-responsive soft miniaturized robot/device to replace current stentgraft materials and placement procedures for aneurysm treatment. The robot is envisioned to be inserted via injection, translocated to the sight of function, and be placed, controlled, and tuned on the spot using completely non-invasive external triggers. Towards this end, we will create new hydrogel robots bearing various implemented modes of responsiveness enabling magnetic locomotion, MRI visibility, and induced reshaping of the robot while medical ultrasound is able to visualize the robot and trigger on-demand release of payload from. Introduction of bio-orthogonal chemistry will enhance tissue interaction and controlling/altering hydrogel-chemical properties via external triggers such as light. As part of on-going efforts within HTRIC, this project will open up new avenues for the design of minimally invasive interventions, ultimately taking innovation from the bench to bed-side.

Specific Requirements

We are looking for an excellent, creative, and highly motivated colleague with:
- An M.Sc./Master’s degree in engineering, physics, materials sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, or equivalent.
- Passion for translational research at the interface of fundamental sciences and clinical practice.
- Demonstrable research experience in mechatronics, organic synthesis, hydrogels and elastomers, and/or biochemistry, as the applicant will design and study chemical reaction systems that organize physical functionalities in soft materials, as well as control the soft robots/devices. The ideal candidate will have experience in more than one of the mentioned topics.
- Demonstrable research experience in use of imaging modalities such as MRI, medical ultrasound is preferred,
- Excellent command of written and spoken English.
- Willingness to acquire a variety of additional skills ranging from basic programming and 3D modelling, to device prototyping.
- Well-developed communication and collaboration skills.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.
In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

Additional Information

We offer 1 fulltime research position within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The position is for four years. However, you will get a fulltime contract for 1 year, which will be extended for 3 years after evaluation. Extension of the contract will be based on sufficient progress and the expectation of a successful completion of the Ph.D. project. Your salary will be € 2.901,- gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 3.677,- gross per month (PhD salary scale) in the 4th year, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the

Selection process

Prof. Dr. Sarthak Misra, [email protected]

Additional comments

Prof. Dr. Sarthak Misra
[email protected]

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Work Location(s)
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University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Postal Code
9713 GZ
Hanzeplein 1

Where to apply



Hanzeplein 1
Postal Code

9713 GZ


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