A Postdoctoral research position is available in the field of Image processing and fusion at LIRMM Lab. – University of Montpellier.
This position is within a new translational research project at LIRMM Lab. in collaboration with the ENT department of the Montpellier
Hospital that concerns « Surgical gesture guidance for auditory neuroprosthestics implantation based on US/CT images fusion ».
This project is funded by the « Act for Audition foundation ».
Cochlear implant is first functional implantable neuroprosthestic device in human. It restores the auditory perception in people with severe to profound deafness.
The implantation of such a device requires the insertion into the cochlea of an electrode array allowing electrical stimulation of auditory nerve end fibbers.
However, this insertion is a critical point of the surgery since the surgeon cannot control visually the trajectory of the electrode array and has to rely on
its tactile feedback.
This is responsible in many cases of damages of the cochlear structures and of the loss of residual hearing, thus preventing the extension of cochlear implant
to people with milder hearing loss.
In this project, we aim at developing a new tool to help cochlear electrode arrays’ insertion using the fusion of intraoperative ultrasound (US) imaging and
preoperative X-ray CT scan. A new custom made US probe dedicated to cochlear navigation is under development.
The candidate will be responsible for :
– developing and validating a new algorithm for US/CT image fusion and registration for cochlear imaging,
– implementing the developed algorithm in a navigation software allowing real-time rendering of fused US-CT imaging to be able to use it in a clinical set-up,
– validating it in ex-vivo experimental platforms and on cadavers.
We are looking for candidates with strong analytical background and hands-on experience in systems integration and medical image processing.
She/he should have a PhD degree in medical Image processing or related disciplines. Previous experience in computer-assisted surgery is highly appreciated.
English: CEFR B2 level (minimum)
Salary: Montpellier University grid – according to CV
Contract duration: 12 months (renewable)
Expected starting date: March 2019
Laboratory / Team: LIRMM Lab., Robotics department, Dexter team, medical robotics group