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Motivated students with interest in robotic and mechatronic system design, integration, and control are invited to work on research topics in the areas of haptics, biomedical engineering, surgical robotics, actuator and sensor design, biomedical image processing, and human-machine interaction. Our research projects are highly multidisciplinary and aim to develop mechatronic systems for surgical and therapeutical applications, enable image-guided robot-assisted surgery, assist patients with physical disabilities, and design new haptic devices to enhance human interaction with machines. The research carried out in the BioMechaTronics Lab requires a strong theoretical background as well as hands-on experience in as many of the following areas as possible: robotics, haptics, systems control, medical image processing, system integration, analog electronics, system modelling and simulation, electromagnetism, computer-aided design, and programming.

Fully-funded opportunities



Fully-funded research positions will be posted here when available.

- Undergraduate summer research position in mechatronics. A summer research position is available to UOIT/FEAS undergraduate students. The objective is to develop a smart helmet with position sensors and scanners for the Oshawa Fire Service. Interest in robotics, programming, and sensor integration is required. For more information about the position, click here . Start date: May 2019.

- Undergraduate summer research position in medical robotics. A summer research position is available in the BioMechaTronics Lab to UOIT/FEAS undergraduate students in the area of robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. A background in Mechatronics and a strong interest in robotics and control systems are required. Start date: Summer 2019.

- PhD/MSc position on haptics and sensor fusion. A PhD or MSc position is available in the bioMechatronics Lab in the area of sensor integration for simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). In partnership with the City of Oshawa and Oshawa Fire Service, we are developing a wearable tactile sensory augmentation system to guide a firefighter in an unknown environment. MSc candidates must be highly motivated to pursue independent and interdisciplinary research. A background in mechatronic engineering or related disciplines is required. Interest in robotics, programming, and sensor integration is required. Start date: Winter 2019.

- PhD/MSc position in human-robot collaborative surgery. A PhD or MSc position is available in the bioMechatronics Lab in the area of robot-aided minimally invasive surgery. Successful candidates must be highly motivated to pursue independent and interdisciplinary research. A background in mechatronic engineering or related disciplines is required. Hands-on experience with control systems and robot programming is a definite asset. Start date: Winter 2019.

- PhD/MSc position in medical device instrumentation. A PhD or MSc position is available in the bioMechatronics Lab in the area of instrumentation of medical devices for autonomous robotic biopsy. Successful candidates must be highly motivated to pursue independent and interdisciplinary research. A background in mechatronic or electrical engineering is required. Candidates with past experience with system instrumentation, sensor fusion, and integration are strongly encouraged to apply. Start date: Winter 2019.

- PhD/MSc position in biomedical ultrasound imaging and tissue spectroscopy. A PhD or MSc position is available in the bioMechatronics Lab in the area of nonlinear ultrasonics for biomedical imaging. Successful candidates must be highly motivated to pursue independent and interdisciplinary research. A strong background in mechatronic engineering and applied physics is required. Hands-on experience with sensor design, biomedical imaging, signal processing, or analog electronics is a definite asset. Start date: Winter 2019.

- Students holding graduate scholarships are encourage to apply for unlisted positions at anytime . Specific details on other research projects are available upon request. See section below for more details about research scholarships.

- Filled positions

Externally-funded opportunities



We specially welcome students holding graduate scholarships. Students holding scholarships are welcome to apply for unlisted positions at any time. Several scholarship programs are available to the prospective students who wish to join the lab. Here you can find information on some options available for Canadian and International students.

Graduate students (Canadian citizens and PRs)
External funding opportunities provided by the provincial or federal governments outside of UOIT include:
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee MSc Scholarships.
- NSERC Doctoral Scholarships.
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
- Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters program .
- Ontario Trillium Scholarship. Click here for details.
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Click here for details.
- Alexander Graham Bell and NSERC Graduate Scholarships.

Foreign graduate students
There are a limited number of awards offered to international students from within Canada including the following:
- Ontario Trillium Scholarship. Click here for details.
- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Click here for details.
- Global Affairs Canada International Scholarship - See details.

International applicants are also encourage to apply for scholarships from their country of origin. These are some examples:
- Brazil - Bolsa de doutorado pleno, pós-doutorado, ou doutorado sandwich pelo CNPq. Mais informações.
- China - China Scholarship Council. Click here for details.
- France - Enhanced Eurotalents (pour les chercheurs CEA et INSTN uniquement). Plus d'info.
                - Bourses de recherche Mitacs Globalink (doctorants INRIA uniquement). Plus d'info.
- Mexico - CONACYT subsidies MSc and PhD scholarships for Mexican students. See details.


UOIT undergraduate students
The BioMechaTronics Lab accepts a limited number of co-op students, interns and volunteers, who are interested in doing reserach in applied robotics and mechatronics. UOIT students can also apply for Undergraduate Research Awards. Additional top-up funds may be provided for top-ranked undergraduates.

Foreign undergraduate students
The Mitacs Globalink Research Awards program provides funding to support student research abroad. Top-ranked undegraduate students from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Ukraine are eligible to apply. For more information, click here.

How to apply



Prospective students are invited to contact Dr. Rossa for any inquire. Please provide in your application a single pdf file including the following documents (in English or French):
(1) A CV including a brief research statement;
(2) Transcripts of previous university degrees;
(3) Representative publications in electronic format (if any);
(4) The contact information of three individuals who can serve as references.

You will be contacted if there is sufficient interest in your application.