PhD High speed 3D optical imaging

Faculteit/afdeling: Faculty Applied Sciences
Niveau: Universitair
Functie-omvang: 38.0 uur per week
Contractduur: 4 years
Salaris: 2325 - 2972 euro per maand (volledige dagtaak)
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Faculty Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.

The position is in the Department of Imaging Physics of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. This department performs cutting-edge research spanning the range from understanding the basic principles underlying imaging technology to automated image analysis.    


The PhD student will work under the guidance of Prof. dr. Paul Urbach and Dr. Jeroen Kalkman. Paul Urbach leads the internationally renowned Optics research group and is a leader in the field of advanced optical imaging. Jeroen Kalkman is leading a prominent international research group in the field of optical tomography.


Functie omschrijving

The PhD student will develop novel optical imaging technology for rapid 3D imaging of integrated circuit nanostructures. The Ph.D. student will use techniques such as optical coherence tomography and computed tomography and investigate the use of all properties of light (amplitude, wavelength, phase, and polarization) in these imaging modalities to obtain the desired imaging performance. 

The goal is to retrieve 3D information of the structure and shape of IC nanostructures and detect with high sensitivity possible defects or deviations from the ideal geometry. The research will focus on ultra-high throughput imaging and therefore needs to be based on techniques such as compressed sensing to obtain the required imaging speed. 

Real-time quality control has to be obtained using dedicated computer processors (e.g. GPUs) for rapid data processing, data analysis, and defect detection. This project take place in a larger consortium working on advanced optical imaging and detection using compressive sensing.

Functie eisen

The candidate should have an MSc degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or the equivalent. The research comprises both experimental work and theoretical modelling (roughly 50%-50%). The PhD position is at the university, but it is expected from the candidate will also strongly interact with the Dutch company that is potential user of the research results. Good knowledge of English is required.


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. 

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.   

Informeren en solliciteren

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. Paul Urbach, e-mail: or Dr. Jeroen Kalkman; e-mail:

If you are interested in this position, you must send the following information in English (pdf format only):

  1. a personal letter of motivation

  2. a detailed CV 

  3. a BSc and MSc grade list

  4. your MSc thesis and list of publications (if any). 

If you are considered for this job you will be asked for the names and contact information of two professional references. You may be required to write a small draft proposal in the final stages of the recruitment process. 

Please e-mail your application to Mrs. Annelies van Beek,, referring to vacancy number TNWIP20-002. The position will close on 31 March 2020.

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


Faculty Applied Sciences
38.0 uur per week
4 years
2325 - 2972 euro per maand (volledige dagtaak)

31 maart 2020


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