Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto is looking for a Surgical Planning Post Doc

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Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto is looking for a Surgical Planning Post Doc

Michael Hardisty-2
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Hello All,

We at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto are looking to hire a post-doc to work on surgical planning for Radio-frequency ablation.  We will of course be using Slicer technology!  I appreciate your consideration.



Here is a link for the job description

Job title: Post-Doctoral Scholar


Job description:

The Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory (OBL), directed by Professor Cari Whyne, at the Sunnybrook Research Institute is a clinically translational bioengineering research lab aimed at maximizing function among those who develop musculoskeletal disease or disability. Our research is concentrated in the areas of surgical planning, functional assessment, skeletal metastases, spinal and lower extremity imaging and biomechanics, experimental testing and design of novel orthopaedic techniques and devices. We have ongoing laboratory projects: the development of image-guided surgical software both planning and navigation, finite-element modelling of the cranio-facial complex and pelvis, the development of image-based tracking software to quantify metastatic cancer in bone, development of motion-tracking technology for semi-automated injury risk and return to sport assessment, and surgical simulation tools. Most projects require a fair amount of computational software development and engineering analysis.


The Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory is located onsite at the Bayview campus of Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto, Ontario, giving excellent access to clinical collaborators, extensive research and clinical facilities.  Sunnybrook has a proven track record of successful translation research, with direct clinical impact, by bringing basic laboratory science into the clinic and by moving the findings of clinical trials or epidemiological studies into the realm of health policy.  This has resulted in much technology transfer to existing corporate partners as well as new startup spin-offs.


We are seeking to hire an individual to develop and test Radio-Frequency Ablation (RFA) treatment-planning software that will be incorporated into an existing clinical workflow and associated system for minimally invasive RFA treatment of malignant tumours in the boney spine.  This project is novel in its application in the boney spine, creating vertebral-specific plans using software for RFA treatment, building upon a recently developed cancer thermal therapy planning platform.  The planning module will be developed with versatility to be integrated with treatment planning for modern radiation therapy (spine SBRT) and related workflow protocols.  The project will involve software development, hardware integration, experimentation, scientific writing, analysis and clinical need research.


This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual who would like to contribute to this promising area of cancer research. This project is interdisciplinary and will involve working closely with technology developers and clinicians applying the therapy, including: medical physicists, biomedical engineers, radiation oncologists as well as orthopaedic surgeons.



-          Solid programming experience in C++ or Python, particularly in image analysis and computer vision

-          medical image processing and visualization software (e.g. 3D Slicer, Pinacle, Amira)

-          Excellent written and oral communication

-          Demonstrated track record of success in research and development


Experience in the following would be advantageous:

-          Radiation oncology

-          Surgical navigation and planning

-          Computed tomography imaging

-          Spine biomechanics and anatomy

-          DICOM RT standard


The successful candidate will have a high level of academic ability studying Engineering, Computer Science, or Medical Physics and be able to understand, interpret and assimilate technical information quickly.  You must be able to apply your analytical skills to troubleshoot and resolve development issues as they arise.


Please Contact: Michael Hardisty PhD. [hidden email]


Michael Hardisty
Research Engineer
Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave, S611
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

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