[visionlist] Postdoctoral Position (3 years) in microscopy and optical instrumentation

Dilip Prasad dilipprasad at gmail.com
Sat Nov 24 14:45:31 -05 2018

*ERC-Funded Postdoctoral Position (3 years) in microscopy and optical

The Department of Physics and Technology, *UiT the Arctic University of
Norway <https://en.uit.no/startsida>* is pleased to announce a vacant
position of a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the optics group in
connection with the recently announced ERC starting grant project
‘Label-free 3D morphological nanoscopy for studying sub-cellular dynamics
in live cancer cells with high spatio-temporal resolution’. The appointment
is for duration of 2 years with a possibility of extension of 1 year.

The postdoctoral research fellow will be a part of 3d-nanoscopy
<https://3dnanoscopy.com> team, led by Assoc. Prof. Krishna Agarwal, who
works on super-resolution microscopy, also referred to as nanoscopy. She is
also the principal investigator of the aforementioned ERC project. The goal
of the ERC project is to develop a new label-free nanoscope comprising of a
novel innovative instrument and a novel innovative computational solver,
which together provide nanoscopic resolution. The novel optical microscope
is a key component of the project and the postdoctroal research fellow will
work on it with the following goals:

-          development and characterization of this microscope,

-          performing measurements and benchmarking, and

-          collaborating with photonic chip experts, computational team
members and biologists to make the instrument amenable for photonic chip
illumination, computational solver, and biological experiments

-          dissemination of the work through scientific journal
publications and conference participation

-          co-supervision of a PhD student working on the project and other
master students in the group

The design of the microscope is related to quantitative phase imaging,
interferometric, and holographic microscopes. Coherence, polarization
sensitivity, and alignment sensitivity of the instrument make it a
challenging project. The instrument also requires automation for acquiring
single set of measurement as well as long duration continuous measurements.
A patent is being applied for the instrument and the project is likely to
lead to commercialization research grants or technopreneurial start-up in
the future.


For more information about the position and UiT, please contact Assoc.
Prof. Krishna Agarwal by email krishna.agarwal at uit.no with CV and cover
letter. Additionally can visit group page https://www.3dnanoscopy.com/


The position requires a Norwegian doctoral degree in optical microscopy, or
a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a
Norwegian doctoral degree. Priority will be given to candidates who have
completed their doctoral degree no more than five years before the
application deadline unless special circumstances exist.

Other *requirements* include:

•       Prior experience in developing interferometric optical micrscopes
or coherent microscopes from scratch

•       Prior experience in adaptive optics, live cell imaging or other

•       Publication record illustrating first author publication of
experimental research in journals of optics, instrumentation, or application

•       Solid background in optics and microscopy

•       Basic knowledge of electromagnetics or computational techniques in

It is *expected* that the candidate demonstrates:

•       Self-motivation and independence

•       Good written and verbal communication skills in English. Interest
in Norwegian language and culture is welcome.

•       Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job

It is *desirable* that the candidate demonstrates:

•       Creativity, ability to think outside the box, problem solving
orientation are extremely desirable

•       Prior experience or skills in designing custom optical assemblies
in CAD software(s) for 3D printing or CNC machining

•       Prior experience in synchronization of electronic equipment and
customized automation of processes

•       Experience in mentorship, leadership, multi-disciplinary research,
and international collaborations are desirable


Your application must include:

   - Application letter describing
      - why the candidate considers oneself suitable for the position
      - what motivates the candidate to apply for the position and what the
      candidate expects from this position
   - Curriculum vitae(CV)
   - Full list of publications. Also indicate which two publications the
   candidate considers the best output and why.

*Expected start date of the position:* 1st April, 2019

Having a PhD degree is required before commencement for the position. If
you are in the process of completing your PhD, you must document that you
have submitted your PhD thesis or expected date of Ph.D thesis submission.


Remuneration of Postdoctoral Fellow positions are in salary code 1352, and
normally start at salary grade 57 on the pay scale for Norwegian state
employees. There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public
Service Pension Fund.

*Other information*

*UiT the Arctic University of Norway <https://en.uit.no/startsida>* *with
its main campus located in the quaint little city of Tromsø is the
northernmost university in the world. It houses the optics group
in the Department of Physics and Technology, Faculty of Science and
Technology, at the main campus of UiT. The optics group has experienced a
great surge in research, thanks to a constant flow of Horizon2020 funding
through ERC and MSCA-IF projects and funding from research council of
Norway through diverse projects. The group members represent various
disciplines like optics, photonics, fabrication, biology, mathematics,
sensing, microscopy, nanoscopy, chemistry, computer engineering, electronic
instrumentation, etc. The group’s core research activity targets
development of cutting-edge technologies in nano-photonics, optics-based
climate sensing, microscopy, and optical and computational nanoscopy.*

The nature of the project and the job scope is that it allows an all
rounded development of the fellow. The fellow will be encouraged and
supported to build his/her resume towards their ambition in academic,
technopreneurial, or main stream industrial career. The fellowship also
offers opportunity of mentoring PhD students in the team and involvement in
teaching, if it is of interest to the fellow. There is an opportunity for
the fellow to build his/her research network through inheriting the
collaborations of the group. Major collaborators, beyond UiT and directly
relevant to the project, include USoton (UK), NTNU (Norway), UiO (Norway),
IIT (Italy), IFOM (Italy), University of Campagnia (Italy), EMBL (Germany),
NUS (Singapore), ASTAR (Singapore), BU (China), Sun Yat Sen University
(China), and IIT (India). The fellow will also be encouraged to become a
member of Digital Life Norway <https://digitallifenorway.org/> (DLN), a
national platform for multi-disciplinary research with life sciences as a
focus. DLN offers several courses and career development programs, which
the fellow can participate in as a student or an instructor.
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