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Postdoc Smart Electro-Surgical knife

Completely excised tumours provide the best survival chances and the best quality of life. Incomplete tumour resections can be prevented by providing real- …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 38 uur


Completely excised tumours provide the best survival chances and the best quality of life. Incomplete tumour resections can be prevented by providing real-time tissue feedback during surgery. Tissue properties can be obtained using spectral tissue sensing techniques with optical with fibers integrated into an electrosurgical knife. Since the feedback is directly integrated in the electrosurgical knife the surgeon is able to assess tumour margin real time during the surgical procedure. Challenges within the project are to define the user interaction such that the knife fits seamlessly into the surgical workflow, and to improve the sensing depth for early detection of the approach of critical structures.

The Post Doc will work closely together with surgeons from Erasmus Medical Center and will be involved in optical, dielectrical tissue sensing experiments and design-related product optimisation, as well as in evaluations of workflow aspects.
Within this project you will work in a multidisciplinary team, comprised of biomedical engineers, oncological surgeons, medical physicists, and companies that are certified for medical device production and delivery. You will have the lead in developing the tissue sensing device, set up experiments for validaton, analysing and interpreting of data, writing scientific articles and communicating study results at relevant national and international conferences.

The Post Doc will work at the Biomechanical Engineering department of the Delft University of Technology, in close collaboration with the Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Oncological Surgery. The BMechE department coordinates education and research activities in the field of biomechanical engineering, in order to analyse the interaction between biological and technical systems. Within the Minimally Invasive Surgery and Interventional Techniques (MISIT) group, instruments are developed to improve (minimally invasive) surgical procedures. The group also focuses on training and task evaluation, operating room process monitoring systems and operation room design, in which patient safety is a key concern.


We are looking for candidates with a PhD degree in a relevant engineering discipline, such as mechanical/biomedical/electrical engineering, medical physics or biomedical imaging, preferable with experience in medical optics. You should have programming experience and be able to work in a multi-disciplinary team. Affinity with experimental work is required.


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: €3.491 - €4.402 per month). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, please contact Prof.dr. Jenny Dankelman from the MISIT group, email: j.dankelman@tudelft.nl, tel: (+31)-15-2785565.