Ph.D. Student Position in Opto-mechanical Position Sensor, Switzerland

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Дедлайн: 22.04.2016


The Department of Biomedical Engineering (DBE) has recently been awarded a Flagship project from the Werner Siemens Foundation (Zug/Switzerland). The principal aim of this interdisciplinary project called Minimally Invasive Robot Assisted Computer-guided LaserosteotomE (MIRACLE) is the development of a minimally invasive robotic endoscope for cutting bone with laser light.
The successful PhD candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team of biomedical engineers, mechatronics engineers, computer scientists, physicists, and medical doctors. He or she will be able to contribute to the development of a disruptive technology in robotic surgery.


Topic Description
In this project, the Ph.D. candidate will be developing a novel approach to accurately determine the position and shape of a flexible endoscopic structure. To develop this sensor system we will closely collaborate with an innovative laboratory in Switzerland specialised in micro optical sensors. Aim is to achieve an absolute position precision better than the state-of-the-art magnetic or optic tracking systems.


Your profile
  • University Master degree in Computer Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Physics or closely related fields.
  • Excellent Master's and Bachelor's grades.
  • Ability to assemble optical and mechanical instruments.
  • Programming skills (e.g. C++, MATLAB).
  • Applicants are expected to have excellent language skills in English.


We offer you
  • Opportunity to work in a highly innovative Flagship project with up to 30 researchers.
  • Enrolment in an established 3 year PhD program in Biomedical Engineering (in English)
  • The salary is very competitive by international standards and will be according to the guidelines of the University of Basel. Five weeks of Holidays per year, 42 working hours per week.
  • Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest of Switzerland. Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet.


Application / Contact
Applicants are requested to submit their documentation before April 24th 2016 electronically as a single PDF file by email with the subject
«PhD Student Application: Position Sensor».
This document should include your letter of motivation, CV with publication list and other academic information, Bachelor and Master transcripts, TOEFL and/or IETLS scores if available as well as the full address/phone number/email of up to three references.

For applications and questions please contact Prof. Dr. Philippe Cattin (philippe.cattin at