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Postdoctoral Researcher on Integrated Photonics for High Resolution Imaging
Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.
As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. All of these particular traits make imec to be a top-class employer. To strengthen this position as a leading player in our field, we are looking for those passionate talents that make the difference! Currently we are looking for a motivated postdoctoral researcher on integrated photonics for high resolution imaging.
We offer a challenging position for two years in an advanced high-tech environment and in an international, interdisciplinary team. Our flexible, progressive and informal working environment offers you a range of possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. This is your opportunity to contribute to the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. imec supports and guides you in this process; not only with words but with concrete actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we offer various training possibilities. Your valuable contribution and that of your colleagues make imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of an attractive and competitive salary.
Within imecís Life Science and Imaging department, our groupís R&D activities focus on the development of novel tools for diagnostic health care applications. We are looking for a motivated fresh PhD to join the Life Science and Imaging department to work on high resolution imaging using integrated photonics.
Fluorescent microscopy is an indispensable tool in biology and medicine and has fueled many break-throughs in a wide set of sub-domains. Recently there is a strong push towards improving the resolution of fluorescent imaging techniques, as they are intrinsically limited by the diffraction limit. Indeed, super resolution techniques have emerged in the last decades and have been awarded already with the Nobel prize in 2014. Yet, these super resolution techniques are still based on bulky optical setups, are hence expensive. Moreover, the commonly used techniques suffer as well from slow operation. Imec has been working on on-chip implementation of bulk optic systems and components, using nanophotonic waveguides. Using these waveguides, we have full control of phase, amplitude and polarization of both guided and projected light. We have shown that we can excite and detect fluorescence of fluorophores located in the evanescent field of the waveguide or at an arbitrary position above the waveguide surface.
Your primary role is to develop high resolution imaging techniques based on on-chip photonics. You will work on several schemes that exhibit a tight control of the phase and amplitude of waveguided light and apply this to already established imaging techniques. Your work consists of both establishing numerical algorithms to improve the imaging, design of photonic components and finally optical characterization.
The fabrication of the photonic chips will be carried out in imecís semiconductor pilot line, and during the entire design/fabrication cycle you will closely interact with process integration engineers. The characterization and wet testing of photonic chips will be carried out in imecís life lab, where you will work together with an international, multidisciplinary team.
You have a PhD degree in physics or engineering. Theoretical understanding of and experience with nanophotonics, superresolution imaging techniques or image reconstruction algorithms is an asset. You have hands-on experience with advanced numerical simulation tools (Matlab, Python, Lumerical FDTD, Comsol, Ö). You are self-motivated, innovative, results driven, and a team-player. You have good communication and interpersonal skills to link research groups and project partners. You have good English language skills to work in imecís international working environment.
This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through KU Leuven. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).