Surgical instrument tracking systems promote patient safety and provide smart alerts when assets require any kind of checkups or maintenance. They deliver information and prevent unnecessary costly attention throughout the use in the instrument cycle. For example; RFID surgical instrument tray tracking facilitates hospitals to have a faster, comprehensive accounting of materials before and after surgery. Other applications focus on unique identification of individual instruments to support workflow analysis and the necessary checking of instrument tray completeness. Our current research on optimizing surgical instrument tracking combines sensor development, artificial intelligence and intuitive application software for comprehensive surgical instrument management. To help healthcare organizations to improve quality, efficiency and safety of their surgical procedures, this project focuses on the integration of various tracking techniques to optimize the workflow of the entire instrument cycle and to offer the user full control of a surgical inventory.
Your aim will be to develop a framework that integrates applicable tracking and identification technologies with hospital workflow models in a way that brings out the best of both worlds. You will address the challenges of combining data streams from various sensors, accounting for uncertainty due to variations in the instrument parameters, and integrating clinical protocols into perioperative workflow frameworks. Your work will enable clinical users to account at each instant for the safety of essential medical equipment and to streamline their working processes in an reliable and efficient way.
You will work in the collaborative environment of Delft University of Technology and the Reinier the Graaf Hospital that fosters cross fertilization between talents with different expertise and disciplines. You will receive a 4-year contract for scientific research and will be deployed for biomedical engineering related education for the usual teaching effort for PhD students in the faculty. As a PhD student you will have many opportunities for self-development. You will work at the Department of BioMechanical Engineering (Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering).
You should have the following qualifications:
- A MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering, Technical Medicine, Electrical engineering, computer science and engineering, or related areas.
- Open-mindedness and motivated interest in interdisciplinary research.
- Excellent communication skills
- Affinity with teaching and supervising students.
- Ability to take initiative.
- Proficient in written and verbal English.
Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts 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.
TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.
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Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.
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For more information about this vacancy, please contact John van den Dobbelsteen, Associate Professor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before June 30, 2021 (Central European Time) via the application button and upload the following documents as a part of your application:
- Cover letter including your motivation to apply for this position and a brief description of how you plan to contribute to this project.
- Detailed CV, including a list of academic publications (if any), a list of projects you have worked on with brief descriptions of your contributions, and contact information for two persons willing to provide a recommendation letter for you (no need to upload the letters, we will request them only in case you are shortlisted for this position).
- Example of your writing in English, for instance, a (part of) your MSc thesis or an academic paper that you have written).
- List of completed academic courses and obtained grades.
A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
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