Doctoral positions

Surgical robotics

SRL has several openings for a doctoral student within the research areas of soft continuum robotics and micro-/nano-robotics. 

Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized medicine by enabling interventions without large incisions, thereby significantly improving clinical outcomes. Such surgical techniques include insertions of needles, catheters, and micro-robots. For effective medical diagnosis and treatment, the device must reach its intended target. In order to increase the targeting accuracy of the procedure and improve clinical outcomes, the goal of this research project is to develop methods for modeling and controlling a range soft/flexible surgical devices and medical microrobots, as they interact and navigate through the body. Techniques would be developed to track and control the path of the novel devices using images (MR and ultrasound imaging modalities).
The present project will be conducted within the Surgical Robotics Laboratory and the Department of Biomechanical Engineering. In addition there are excellent opportunities for collaboration with the University Medical Centre Groningen, and several institutions abroad.

What we ask 

The successful applicant has a background (Master’s degree) in mechanical, biomedical, or electrical engineering, applied physics or nanotechnology or in a closely related discipline. He or she should possess excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: system dynamics and control, robotics, mechatronics, mechanical design, image processing, or nano-/micro-fabrication technologies. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

What we offer

We offer a very challenging fulltime position for four years in an inspiring, multidisciplinary, and international environment. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but you will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience as well.

Information and application 

Please email your application, including the following documents as a *single* PDF file with “Application Surgical Robotics: PhD”  in the subject line to

  • CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
  • Transcripts from your Bachelors and/or Masters degrees