TU Delft

Postdoc(s) Smart Optics for Super Resolution Microscopy

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Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The Faculty of 3mE carries out pioneering research, leading to new fundamental insights and challenging applications in the field of mechanical engineering. From large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures and autonomous ships. The foundations and results of this research are reflected in outstanding, contemporary education, inspiring students and PhD candidates to become socially engaged and responsible engineers and scientists. The faculty of 3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with an international scope and high-tech lab facilities. Research and education focus on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices, contributing to the development and growth of a sustainable society, as well as prosperity and welfare.

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Functie omschrijving

If you like tinkering with hardware or the coding of fast computational algorithms to incorporate and extract information from a lot of imaging data, then a PD in super resolution microscopy is just wat you are looking for. The projects concern with the design and realization of high-speed sensor, optoacoustic actuator, adaptive optics, and software for aberration sensing and deformable mirror control and require interdisciplinary work.


  1. Postdoc on high-speed adaptive optoacoustic systems in super-resolution microscopy

  2. Postdoc on high-speed adaptive algorithms in super-resolution microscopy

About us
We believe that the time is right, both technically and conceptually, to make the step from optical microscopy to optical nanoscopy. We break with the traditional design philosophy of mere addition of optimal components into a system, to instead apply optimal information processing for all components present in the system. The synergy between integrated optics, optoacoustics and information processing allows us to develop completely new nanoscopy methodologies.
The field of smart optics systems is characterized using deformable mirrors, lenses and wavefront sensors and intelligent image processing to enhance the image quality in real-time of scientific observation equipment.

The department Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at Delft University of Technology. The Centers' research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimisation and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology development in physical imaging systems, renewable energy, robotics and transportation systems.

Functie eisen

  • The candidate is expected to work on the boundary of several research domains.

  • A good command of the English language is required.

  • A PhD degree or equivalent degree preferably in physics, computer science or control.

  • Able to gather and analyse data effectively from different resources to build an eloquent, comprehensible and convincing story

  • Able to manage your time

  • Wide-ranging interdisciplinary interests

  • Passionate about tinkering in the lab and programming


  • Focused and organised

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Curiosity

  • Demonstrated ability to apply creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to produce innovative concepts and solutions


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: €3491-€4402 per month).
Living conditions in the Netherlands (e.g. Delft, Hague, Amsterdam) are considered to be among the very best in Europe. The TU Delft scores consistently high in international comparisons (e.g. within top 20 in QS World Univ. Rankings in Engineering and Technology).

Informeren en solliciteren

More information on this position can be obtained from Prof. Michel Verhaegen, m.verhaegen@tudelft.nl or Carlas Smith, Assistant Professor, c.s.smith@tudelft.nl.

The application deadline for the position is August 1st, 2020. However, the position will stay open until a suitable candidate has been found.

Interested applicants should send their detailed curriculum vitae, the names of two professional referees, a list of courses taken with grades obtained in their BSc and MSc program, a list of publications (if any), a summary of their MSc thesis, and a cover letter stating their motivation to application-3mE@tudelft.nl with reference to vacancy number TUD00283.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze vacature wordt niet op prijs gesteld.

Uren per week: 32-38 uur per week


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