Open PhD Position: Computer-Assisted Interventions

PhD TOPIC DESCRIPTION

Research Area: PhD in Computer-Assisted Interventions

Department: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Supervisors: Dr Christos Bergeles, Prof. Lyndon da Cruz

Salary: £16,296 per annum (+ £4,728 for UCL EU/UK fees)

Duration: 4 years

The Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences invites applications for a PhD Studentship in Computer-Assisted Interventions. This is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic Engineer with relevant skills in this area to join an internationally leading research group, and conduct patient-centred research.

RESEARCH AREA

The PhD Student will be part of a vibrant team that develops robots and algorithms for regenerative medical interventions in confined spaces. More specifically, the funded project pertains to the development of a micro-surgical robot for the implantation of sight-restoring stem cells to the retina. This specific position aims at developing the computer vision tools that enable image-guided delivery of the said stem cells. The student can be involved in the design and development of real-time algorithms for tool segmentation, retinal image analysis, multi-modal image registration, and the overall framework that provides the computer-aided assistance during the robotic intervention. The student will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of algorithm development, testing, and deployment to the operating theatre.

The team is highly multidisciplinary, comprising robotics engineers, computer vision specialists, optics engineers, and stem cell biologists under clear clinical guidance.

The project enjoys excellent financial support through a 5-year ERC Starting grant. The project is co-led by the PIs Dr. Christos Bergeles (UCL) and Prof. Lyndon da Cruz (Moorfields Eye Hospital). The student will be employed within the Translational Imaging Group, part of UCL’s Wellcome EPSRC Interventional and Surgical Sciences Centre, and the Centre of Medical Image Computing.

The start date is flexible, but with a strong preference for a start in September 2017. The post is funded for 4 years, and UCL fees at the EU/UK level are covered. Overseas (non-EU/UK) students may apply if they have other means to fund the additional fees.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are expected to have a first degree (2:1 and above) in computer vision, computer science, medical image computing, biomedical engineering, mathematics or closely related field. Good analytical and communication skills are expected.

If you have queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr. Christos Bergeles, email: c.bergeles@ucl.ac.uk

To apply, please apply via UCL’s online application system PRISM, indicating as a degree “Surgical and Interventional Sciences”. For querries regarding the process, please contact Ms. Rebecca Holmes, rebecca.holmes@ucl.ac.uk

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. Ideal start date: October 2017

Software: Unsupervised detection of cone photoreceptors in AOSLO images

This repository contains matlab software pertaining to automated cone photoreceptor identification in adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope (AOSLO) images. The software was developed as part of our Biomedical Optics Express submission, titled “Unsupervised Identification of Cone Photoreceptors in Non-Confocal Adaptive Optics Scanning Light Ophthalmoscope Images”.

Github link: https://github.com/cbergeles/AOSLO-image-processing

2x 4-year PhD Studentships in Robotic Surgery

An exciting opportunity for 2 PhD students (fully funded for 4 years) is available, as part of a flexible surgical robotics project. We are looking for candidates with background in robotics, computer science, and/or microelectronics and sensing.

The students will join a vibrant team that is developing next generation cognitive flexible micro-surgical robots. Our team enjoys good funding from the European Research Council and the Academy of Medical Sciences. Further, we are well linked with the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, and the newly founded Wellcome Trust EPSRC Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences.

The positions are fully funded for 4 years, and come with travel and consumables support. The university’s fees will be covered at the EU/UK level. The expected start date is September 2017, but earlier start dates may also be accommodated.

If you are interested, please send a CV, a statement of purpose, and the name of 2 referees to Dr. Christos Bergeles (c.bergeles@ucl.ac.uk).

The final application will include maximum 3 reference letters and has to be done through UCL’s official application system, PRISM.

More information can be found here: http://cmictig.cs.ucl.ac.uk/about-menu/vacancies/4-year-phd-studentship-in-robotic-surgery

Application deadline: 30th May 2017

Article accepted at IEEE Trans. Robotics

Our paper titled “Unified Tracking and Shape Estimation for Concentric Tube Robots”, led by Alessandro Vandini, was accepted for publication at the IEEE Trans. Robotics. The paper is the first to propose a joint energy optimisation framework that handles the tracking and 3D shape estimation of continuum robots simultaneously. Please find the pre-print here.