PhD Position - information-age microscopy / wavefront shaping

PhD position – Information-age microscopy

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 complex wavefront shaping and deep-tissue microscopy.

Job description

Complex wavefront shaping is a young and rapidly expanding research field. One of its aims is to obtain sharp images of objects hidden deep inside opaque scattering media. This exciting field combines aspects of scattering theory, computational imaging, adaptive optics and holography.

This project aims to develop a microscope that can image at unprecedented depths inside non-transparent biological tissue without loss of resolution. Important challenges include developing a better understanding of wave propagation in tissue through experiments, simulations, and theoretical analysis, as well as implementing algorithms for image reconstruction and for focusing light deep inside scattering tissue. Funding for this project was obtained from the European Research Council.

You will work on fundamental aspects of imaging in the presence of scattering. You will develop image reconstruction algorithms, novel simulation strategies, and approaches for focusing light inside stochastic scattering media. You will demonstrate these novel concepts in proof-of-concept optical experiments.

Your profile

We are looking for an excellent student with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Sciences, Applied Mathematics, or related field. You should have a demonstrated strong experience in e.g. computational imaging, statistical inference, or light scattering physics. Moreover, you should have a strong affinity for experimental work; experimental experience in optics is a pre.

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. Advanced programming skills in MATLAB, Python and/or C++ are essential.

Information and application

For further information you can contact Ivo M. Vellekoop

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 before September 1 2016. An interview and presentation will be part of the selection procedure. Candidates must motivate their interest and fitness for this particular project. Applications with non-specific motivation letters are not taken into consideration.

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

Our offer

We offer a very challenging project in an inspiring environment. The assignment is four years, the length of the PhD program in the Netherlands, with a go/no-go assessment at the end of the first year. The candidate is expected to finish the project with a PhD thesis and disseminate the results through patents (if applicable), publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals and present at international conferences.

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, the gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from € 2.174,-- in the first year to € 2.779,-- gross per month in the final year, plus a holiday allowance (8%), an end-year bonus (8,3% of the annual salary) and a number of additional benefits. The University of Twente provides excellent campus facilities, and actively supports professional and personal development.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

Within the TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology) of the University of Twente some 700 staff members and 2000 students are involved in training and research on the interface of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. Research, which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+ and MIRA. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders.

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