One PhD / MS research position is available in Advanced Manufacturing and Medical Instruments (AMMI) Laboratory at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Hawaii at Manoa for Fall 2020.

The research program focuses on robotic (autonomous/automatic) smart needle insertion for therapeutic or diagnostic cancer interventions. The research involves robotic instrumentations, programing, closed loop feedback control, image processing, etc.

Candidates with high self-motivation, experimental and robotic background, and interests in medical robotics, image processing, control, and programming are highly encouraged to apply.


Applicants with master degree are preferred but not required.

If interested, please send your resume or CV including your GPA, TOEFL or IELTS, and GRE score to Dr. Bardia Konh at Deadline is Jan. 15, 2020 for Fall admission.

If you are interested in joining the AMMI Lab, you should read the following guidelines carefully:


  • Due to the overwhelming number of emails we wouldn’t be able to give a response to each one.

  • If you are looking to pursue your MS or PhD degree at University of Hawaii at Manoa, you should apply to our graduate program officially. You could find additional information about Mechanical Engineering admission requirements including letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, GRE exam, etc. on the links provided.

  • Normally we are looking to recruit one or two student per year as teaching or research assistant. Students with background and expertise in robotics, programming, advanced materials, electrical and software systems are preferred.

  • If you believe you would be a good match to our research you should indicate your interests to join the AMMI Lab in your Statement of Purpose (SOP), and mention Dr. Konh as your preferred faculty adviser.

  • If you have received a letter of admission from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UH at Manoa, and you have mentioned Dr. Konh as your prospective adviser in your SOP, you should send Dr. Konh an email with a brief title. If you didn’t hear back from us in about one month feel free to send a reminding email.