Postdoctoral Associate

Tuesday 13th September 2022

Organization Robarts Research Institute, Western University
Location London, Ontario Canada
Title Postdoctoral Associate
Email Address
Closing Date: Open until the position is filled.


We are seeking motivated researchers to join the Laboratory for Virtual Augmentation and Simulation for Surgery and Therapy (the VASST Lab) at the Robarts Research Institute led by Drs Elvis Chen and Terry Peters, as a postdoctoral associates. Our group focuses on the development of and simulation of procedures for minimally-invasive intervention. We are seeking two postdoctoral associates to spearhead a project that combines Virtual and Augmented Reality with physical tissue modeling to develop platforms that can provide realistic simulations, including physically-derived haptic feedback, of minimally-invasive interventions.
Your role will be to lead, develop, and publish impactful research that combines mechanical instrumentation development, VR/AR techniques, and Machine learning to create a platform that can be applied to various minimally-invasive intervention simulation scenarios.

Salary is negotiable, commensurate with education and experience.

TERM: Two years, subject to a one-year extension.

The Robarts Research Institute, at Western University is a medical research facility in London, Ontario, with more than 600 people working to investigate some of the most debilitating diseases of our time, from heart disease and stroke to diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many forms of cancer. Highlights of Robarts include:
Key strengths in advanced medical imaging, cellular and molecular biology, genomics, immunology, and stem cell biology.
Interdisciplinary approach unique in Canada with physicians and physicists, biologists and biomedical engineers, all working under one roof with collaborations extending to 20 countries worldwide.
Commercialization success with more than 80 patents filed, 15 licensing agreements, and eight spinoff companies that have raised more than $45 million in investment capital.
In addition to a rich, city-wide research environment, the applicants will have access to outstanding clinical and preclinical resources at Robarts that includes an array of state-of-the-art imaging, visualization, tracking, 3D printing, and surgical tools, as well as a new experimental operating suite equipped with cone-beam CT, a research wide-volume CT, surgical robotics, a research angiographic suite with cone-beam CT, and state-of-the-art microscopic systems. The position provides excellent opportunities to build on established collaborations in basic science and clinical departments including Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Medical Imaging, Oncology, and Cardiac, Thoracic, Abdominal, Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery..

Western University is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, which incorporates Robarts, has a long history of excellence in basic biomedical, applied, and clinical research. Western has a full range of academic and professional programs for over 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students (see learn more). The university campus is in London Ontario, with a metropolitan census of approximately 530,000, located midway between Toronto and Detroit.

London boasts an international airport, galleries, theatre, music, and sporting events and is located close to several lakes and facilities for outdoor activities ( ). Western’s Recruitment and Retention Office is available to assist in the transition of successful applicants and their families to the university and city.

Mandatory Qualifications:
• Ph.D. degree in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, biomedical engineering, applied mathematics, statistics, neuroscience, or related fields
• Significant experience in machine learning, visualization, deep learning, image processing, computer vision
• Proficiency in Python, 3D Slicer
• Track record of innovative research and successful publications
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work both independently and in a team
Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with medical imaging , incl MRI, CT, X-ray, Ultrasound
• Experience with PyTorch, TensorFlow, MONAI, or Keras
• Experience with AR and VR devices, including Slicer VR
• Experience working with surgeons.

Applicants should send a cover letter of interest highlighting research and long-term career goals, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three or more references to Dr. Terry Peters at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Final candidates will be required to provide official transcripts.
If you have questions regarding this position, you may e-mail Dr. Terry Peters at If you are in Singapore for MICCAI and would like an in-person meeting, you may contact him by email or message at +1 519 902 3379 using Messenger or WhatsApp.