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Postdoc position in Applied physics, Biophotonics, Laser physics – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Post-doc position in optical biosensors for early-diagnosis of cancer (COMB-O) from the PhD degree in (applied) physics or a related field, with a strong interest in biophotonics, laser physics at Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 2,836 to 4,474 Euro/Month

Faculty of Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • you have a PhD degree in (applied) physics or a related field, with a strong interest in biophotonics, laser physics, heterodyne detection and photonic integrated circuits
  • you have good experimental and computational skills
  • you can communicate in English, both verbally and in writing

Responsibilities/Job Description

Every sixth death in the world is due to cancer and its incidence rate is rapidly growing. Early-stage cancer detection is critical for an optimal clinical outcome of many rapidly progressing malignant cancers, such as lung cancer, which is the primary cause of cancer-related deaths, worldwide. Screening for these cancers in high-risk individuals can save lives; however, existing methods have major limitations. As a promising alternative, optical biosensors can detect clinically relevant biomarkers associated with certain types of cancers in bodily fluids such as blood and urine without being dependent on any type of label to meet the sensitivity requirements of early-stage cancer detection. In this project, we will develop a groundbreaking monolithic integrated photonics technology, which enables the integration of light sources, detectors and sensing elements into one single chip: COMB-O. By this full integration, alignment is no longer required, overcoming the main barrier of wide deployment of optical biosensors. In addition to the integration approach, we will advance the field by incorporating a novel optical frequency comb (OFC) as the light source, which has a very low noise level enabling high sensitivity and specificity, thereby going well beyond the state-of-the-art. The development of these biosensors will provide a low-cost and minimally invasive tool with very high sensitivity and specificity, showing great potential for routine cancer diagnostics and screening.

  • you assist PhD student on optical design of the sensor
  • you build the measurement setup including the hardware and software part and determine the figure of merits of the sensor
  • you assist PhD student on measuring blood samples
  • you work on heterodyne detection

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until April 3, 2022.. The job interviews are planned for [05/04/2022] when possible please take them into account when applying for the position.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,836 (scale 10) per month during the first year and increases to €4,474 (scale 10) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile Onderzoeker 4 is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.5 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 2 years. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 3 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment, 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus, child daycare facilities available on campus, optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

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Contact details

Name: B. Imran Avci
Position: Principle investigator
E-mail: [email protected]

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