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PhD Position - adaptive optics and wavefront shaping microscopy

PhD position – The end of turbidity

Within the Biomedical Photonic Imaging research group of MIRA – the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Technical Medicine we have a PhD position in the research area of adaptive optics, microscopy, and complex wavefront shaping.

Project description

There is a growing need to image cells in their natural context, that is, embedded deep inside living tissue. Unfortunately, most biological tissues are turbid, and current microscopes cannot penetrate deeper than a fraction of a millimeter.

This project aims to develop a new type of Adaptive Optics (AO) that will allow microscopes to image deeper into scattering tissue than what is currently possible. The project combines aspects of scattering theory, complex wavefront shaping, optimization theory and holography.

Your profile

Your work will be to explore and develop novel concepts in AO and wavefront shaping. Therefore, we are looking for a candidate with:

  • A solid background in physics or a related field, with a good understanding of wave propagation
  • A quick thinker with strong analytical skills
  • Experience in experimental work
  • Excellent programming skills
  • An interest in microscopy

We aim at research at the highest international level, and candidates who fit into this environment are welcome to apply. The candidate should have a professional working proficiency in English with strong communication skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Information and application

Candidates are invited to upload their application, including a letter of motivation, CV, a transcript of MSc grades and names/contact information of 3 or more references to i.m.vellekoop@utwente.nl before April 1st 2017. Include in your application a specific motivation why you are interested to work on microscopy and complex wavefront shaping.

General information about the group and about our complex wavefront shaping research can be found on our website at

Funding for this project was obtained from an NWO-TTW Vidi grant.