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PhD position - The end of turbidity (f/m)

University of Twente (UT). Enschede (Niederlande), 15.03.2017

PhD position - The end of turbidity


Function types
Scientific fields
Job number
About employer
PhD positions
Natural Sciences, Engineering
38.0 hours per week
€ 2191 - € 2801
University Graduate
University of Twente (UT)

Job description

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.

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 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.

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

Conditions of employment

The University of Twente offers a stimulating work environment in an area of applied, forefront research. You will have a full time employment contract for the duration of 4 years and can participate in alle employee benefits the UT offers. The gross monthly salary starts with € 2.191,- in the first year and increases to € 2.801,- in the fourth year of your employment. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (amount to 8%) and an end of year bonus of 8.3%. A high-quality training programme is part of the agreement. The research has to result in a PhD thesis at the end of the employment period.


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 five 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.

Bewerbungsschluss: 01.04.2017