Sano PhD Position - Project title: Haptic Augmented VR for Improved Information Capture and Exchange in Medical/Social Environments

Location Krakow, Poland
Employment type Full-time
Region / State / Province małopolskie
About job:

PhD position in Health Informatics Research Group

Project title: Haptic Augmented VR for Improved Information Capture and Exchange in Medical/Social Environments



University of Sheffield: Dr. John Fenner (dr. Andrew Narracott – 2nd supervisor, dr. David Randall – 3rd supervisor)

Sano: Dr. Arkadiusz Sitek

Project period: Apr 2021 – Mar 2024 (the project will start as soon as the candidate is accepted, and is planned for 4 years)

Degree Awarding Institution: University of Sheffield


This project will provide the methods and technologies for augmenting VR with cheap, adaptable, accessible haptic technology, designed to facilitate natural information exchange. Although VR currently finds application in numerous social contexts (eg. VR conferencing), it suffers from constraints, such as its capacity to isolate the user from traditional office tools such as keyboard, mouse, pen and paper. This project proposes a novel, cheap and effective solution incorporating haptics and  hand tracking, 3D printing etc. As proof of concept, the result will provide a haptic rendition of keyboard/mouse/pen/paper in VR that is seamlessly integrated with the VR environment. This will transform information exchange in a social VR context, by removing isolation from necessary office tools, and open the door to many potential applications.

For this PhD, the effectiveness of this strategy will be evaluated through two environments, namely surgical planning in the clinic, and supervision of in silico medicine R&D. Simple exercises will be assessed with and without the haptically-augmented tools, relying on relevant metrics and questionnaires to judge performance. A successful outcome will promote refinement and urge further acceptance (i.e. translation) within broader medical and technical environments.

This is innovative work and multiple publications and broad application is anticipated. Resolution of issues relating to IP will be a necessary feature of the PhD. 

What are you going to do?

You are expected to:


  • do original research in this field under the direction of the supervisor;
  • participate in the many seminars by internal and external speakers as well as journal clubs and group activities;
  • collaborate with other PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and other Sano employees.
What do we require?

As our successful candidate you should have:


  • Master’s degree (completed or near completion) or 1st Class undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant discipline such as computer science, engineering, robotics,computer graphics, bioinformatics, etc.;
  • knowledge of numerical methods, virtual reality, game design, programming skills (Python, C#);
  • interest in pursuing applied research;
  • excellent written and oral English communication skills, to meet the entry requirements for PhD study at of the University of Sheffield (
Our offer

We offer a fixed term contract for 40 hours per week for the duration of 4 years. This will be supported by an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The contract will include opportunities to participate in teaching and supervision of undergraduate and master students. The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be up to 8000 PLN gross per month, based on a full-time contract (40 hours a week) for the duration of 4 years with private medical care and a sports card.

This PhD will be a collaboration between Sano and the Insigneo institute for in-silico medicine (Sheffield). The University of Sheffield will be the degree awarding body. The student will be based in Poland, Krakow operating in conjunction with the Cyfronet supercomputing centre hosted by AGH. Visits to Sheffield will form part of the PhD for purposes of strengthened supervision and training – the student is expected to spend approximately 6 undertaking visits to collaborating institutions including Sheffield during the contract.

Sano offers excellent opportunities for study and development, an access to many international conferences on computational medicine and a possibility to grow in a scientific society.


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Sano is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application.


Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a cover letter;
  • a curriculum vitae;


During later stages, you’ll also be asked to provide:

  • copies of your degree certificates;
  • copies of your English certificates;
  • two reference letters (to be submitted online by the reference writers).
Last modified Friday, February 19, 2021