Robot-assisted brachytherapy

Applications are invited for two Postgraduate Research studentships at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE Bristol.

The project will be undertaken within the Robotics Engineering and Computing for Healthcare Group at Bristol Robotics Laboratory. The studentships are funded by the Above and Beyond, the local charity raising funds for Bristol City Centre hospitals.  

The successful applicants will work closely with clinical leads from Bristol Royal Infirmary, Professors Bahl and Persad and the research team at Bristol Robotics Laboratory led by Professor Sanja Dogramadzi.  

The position is available to start in April 2018 (or earlier by agreement).

Background of the project

Brachytherapy procedures involve the placement of radioactive sources temporarily proximal to the tumors to sufficiently irradiate the tumors while limiting radiation damage to healthy organs and tissues. Most current brachytherapy systems require manual placement of the ultrasound probe and brachytherapy needles in the specified anatomical region. Robotic technologies can provide stable image acquisition, tracking, orientation, and needle placement, and allow more accurately and precisely placed brachytherapy probes. The two PhD projects will focus on 3D imaging systems for brachytherapy of prostate cancer and improving tracking and positioning of the sources in real time and with the respect to the cancerous growth.

Funding details

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the Home/EU tuition fee rate plus a maintenance allowance of £15,500 in 2017/18.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £7641 (full time) for the 2017/18 academic year.  As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Person specification

The successful applicants should have a first-class or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Computer Science or Engineering or a related degree with interest in medical robotics and image guided surgery. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of image processing, mechanical design and control engineering. The applicants should have a masters degree in one of the relevant subjects.

How to apply

Download and complete the Graduate School studentship application form and send it directly to the UWE Bristol Graduate School. Please ensure you include the title of the research project you propose to undertake, and detail why you are interested in undertaking this PhD project and what relevant knowledge, experience and qualifications you would bring to the research. Please see the Graduate School studentship application guidance notes for further information about how to complete the application form.

Please also complete the Equal Opportunities monitoring form and complete the first section of the Graduate School application reference sheet before sending to your nominated referees.

Please email Professor Sanja Dogramadzi at for an informal discussion about the studentship.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28 February 2018.



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