Autonomous Brachytherapy/Biopsy

An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, UWE Bristol. The studentship will be funded by Above and Beyond and the Faculty: : Ref 1920-JAN-FET10

The expected start date of this studentship is 1 February 2020.

The closing date for applications is 28 November 2019.

Background of the project

The goal of this project is to enhance automation in healthcare applications, specifically: brachytherapy and biopsy for cancer treatment. This research will be a step towards addressing the existing gap in clinical practice using a combination of design, machine learning and optimization. You will work with other PhD students on the same topic and in close collaboration with robotics and clinical experts.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email

Funding details

The studentship is available from 1 February 2020 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £15,009 per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home/EU rates only). Overseas applicants will be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates in each year of study.

Eligibility criteria

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 procedures.

Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of mechatronics design, control, machine learning  and writing scientific papers.

The applicants should have a master degree in one of the relevant subjects.

A recognised English language qualification is required.

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 a keen interest in robotics. However, prior knowledge of medical robotics or, more specifically, brachytherapy is not essential as training will be incorporated within the PhD programme. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of image processing, mechanical design and control engineering. The applicants should have a master’s degree in one of the relevant subjects.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 1920-JAN-FET10.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form.

Referees: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references before you submit your application.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 28 November 2019.

If you have not heard from us by 15 December 2019 please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

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