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 on 1 October 2018.

Background of the project

Brachytherapy is a specialised form of radiotherapy which involves placement of a radioactive isotope directly into a tumour. It has the advantage over conventional radiotherapy of delivering high levels of radiation to the tumour whilst giving lower doses to healthy surrounding tissues. Brachytherapy to the prostate gland requires manual placement of applicators by a consultant oncologist, guided by ultrasound imaging.
Utilising robotic technologies can provide stable image acquisition and automated applicator placement to allow for more accurate and precise brachytherapy treatment.
The two PhD projects will focus on 3D imaging systems for brachytherapy of prostate cancer and improving tracking and positioning of the applicators in real time and with the respect to the prostate gland.

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

This opportunity is only available to Home/EU applicants.

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

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 Monday 16 April 2018

If you have not heard from us by 30 April please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.



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