Trace of medical instruments 3mE/RdG

Intelligent tracking to improve the quality, efficiency and safety of surgical procedures.

Job description
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.
Challenge. Change. Impact!

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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Additional information
For more information about this vacancy, please contact John van den Dobbelsteen,
Associate Professor, email: