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PostDoc: Human Milk Flow Rate Monitoring

Job description

Breastfeeding offers unique advantages for mothers and infants, but is also associated with many challenges. Accurate quantification of breast milk intake by the infant is often desired, but objective methods are unavailable. Our overarching aim is to develop new, dedicated methods for breastfeeding research and support.

Within this project, we invite applications for a postdoctoral research fellow. The main focus of your work will be on fluid dynamics, optics and acoustics from both a theoretical and experimental perspective. Your scientific challenge will be to develop an inline, light scattering based method to quantify milk flow rate, using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology for validation purposes. You will also be expected to spend a limited amount of your time to academic teaching duties.

You will be embedded in the positive research climate of the Biomedical Photonic Imaging group of the University of Twente and you will collaborate closely with our colleagues of the Physics of Fluids group. You will be part of a hardworking, highly motivated and multidisciplinary research team who collaborate on engineering new methods for breastfeeding research. Your position will be funded by a Vidi grant from the NWO Talent Programme of the Dutch Research Council.

Your profile

  • You are a positive, hardworking, independent and critical researcher with a PhD in optics or photonics.
  • You have experience with fluid dynamics and/or acoustics.
  • You have strong analytical and experimental skills.
  • You enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • You are proficient in English, both writing and speaking.

Our offer

We offer a full-time (0.8 or 1.0 fte) postdoc position for 3 years. The terms of employment are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU) and include:

  • A starting salary of € 3.408,- in the first year per month depending on experience and qualifications.
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • Outstanding research facilities and working environment
  • Excellent support for research and project management tasks and opportunities for professional and personal development.
  • Excellent opportunity to combine the development of scientific knowledge with solving societal challenges.

Information and application

Please submit your application via the applicant button below before November 15, including: 

  • A cover letter outlining your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position.
  • A detailed CV.
  • Contact information of two scientific staff members who are willing to provide a recommendation letter at our request.

An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Dr.ir. Nienke Bosschaart. Email: n.bosschaart@utwente.nl. Please do not use this email address to submit your application.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our university. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

About the department

Work is carried out at the Biomedical Photonic Imaging group of the University of Twente. We study the interaction of light with tissue using experiments, simulations, and theoretical methods. Our final aim is to develop new optical and hybrid optical-acoustical technologies to solve urgent challenges in medical diagnostics. For further information, you are encouraged to visit us at https://www.utwente.nl/en/tnw/bmpi/, where you can read more about our research.

About the organization

TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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