PhD Studentship

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    University College Cork
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    05/01/2018 17:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Cork



This project will involve the design and development of a novel anchoring and navigation platform for minimally invasive surgery using electromagnetic technology and robotic control. The project is a key enabler to replace large surgical incisions by percutaneous needle and natural orifice access to the target organ. This requires the development of innovative coupling mechanisms across the patient’s skin to avoid incisions. Magnetic solutions may provide the key to this challenge and this project seeks to extend prior work in electromagnetic coupling to examine electro-permanent magnet control for anchoring and navigation of instruments and tools across the abdominal wall without the requirement for extra incisions. The project will seek to demonstrate electro-permanent magnet design using novel control algorithms, innovative magnetic pole patterning, and new circuit control techniques for tuned coupling to internal magnetic targets. The project will demonstrate robotic control of the external magnet using an existing arm (see https://www.demcon.nl/en/showcase/precise-needle-positioning/). The project deliverables will include numerical simulation models, working pre-clinical prototypes capable of controllable latching between external and internal magnetic targets, and validation in the live pre-clinical model with specific application to magnetic anchoring and navigation of laparoscopic instruments and tools using robotic control, as well as steering and navigation applied to capsule endoscopy. See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25361499 for additional background.


The Biomedical Design laboratory at University College Cork and Tyndall National Institute is seeking outstanding engineering graduates for a fully-funded 1-year research masters project in electrical engineering, followed by progression to a fully-funded 3-year doctoral position in electrical engineering. Exceptional candidates will be considered for direct entry to the doctoral programme. The successful candidate will be based at UCC/Tyndall National Institute and will report to Dr. Pádraig Cantillon-Murphy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/padraig-cantillon-murphy-22215a14/). The successful candidate is expected to begin the programme in 2018 and will receive an annual tax-free stipend of €18,000 as well as reimbursement of tuition fees over the course of studies. The project is part of an international collaboration between UCC, Tyndall National Institute, IHU Strasbourg, University of Leeds and a Dutch robotics company. The successful candidate should be willing to travel to and spend time with international partner organisations in the development and testing of new technology solutions. UCC ranks in the top 2% of global universities and is consistently ranked top Irish university for electrical engineering across ranking agencies.

For full particulars on this studentship please refer to: https://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/vacancies/research/full-details-832684-en.html

Additional comments

Prospective applicants should provide a letter of application and a CV via email to p.cantillonmurphy@ucc.ie on or before the closing date 5th January 2018. 

Offer Requirements



The successful candidate will have, or will soon have, a first class honours degree or equivalent in electrical engineering or a closely related field with particular expertise in control theory, electromagnetics and power electronics circuit design. The successful candidate will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary team environment and will be required to collaborate closely with our international collaborators. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator and be fluent in both written and spoken English. He or she will be interested in solving real clinical problems although a background in medical technology or biological sciences is not required.

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