PhD in Optomechanical Position Sensor at the University of Basel

A PhD position in optomechanical position sensor is available at the University of Basel, Switzerland.  


The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Basel has recently been awarded a flagship project from the Werner Siemens Foundation. The principal aim of this interdisciplinary project is the development of a minimally invasive robotic endoscope for cutting bone with laser light.

Job description

The successful candidate will develop a novel approach to accurately determine the position and shape of a flexible endoscopic structure. The goal is to achieve an absolute position precision better than the state-of-the-art magnetic or optic tracking systems.

To develop this sensor system, the project team will closely collaborate with an innovative laboratory in Switzerland specialized in micro optical sensors.

Required qualifications

  • MSc in computer science, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, optical engineering, physics or a closely related field
  • Ability to assemble optical and mechanical instruments
  • Strong programming skills in C/C++ and MATLAB

The position is for 3 years.

How to apply

Prepare the following information and contact Prof. Dr. Philippe Cattin, specifying “PhD Student Application: Position Sensor” in the email subject:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Bachelor and Master transcripts
  • TOEFL and/or IETLS scores (if available)
  • Full address, phone number and email of up to three references

The application deadline is April 24, 2016.

About the employer

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, it is the oldest university in Switzerland.


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