2 PhD positions in adaptive super-resolution at the TU-Delft

Department/faculty: Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: University Graduate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 4 years
Salary: 2266 - 2897 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The department Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) of the faculty 3mE, 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, robotics and transportation systems. 

Job description

Do you want to be a part of a rapidly growing super-resolution lab, this year awarded with two major grants from the Dutch Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research? Are you interested in working on the interface between physics, engineering and biology? Would you like to solve real-life problems and build advanced technological systems that can be used by researchers worldwide?


Advanced imaging methods such as multi-photon excitation microscopy make 3D imaging in thick live tissues possible. If you like tinkering with hardware or the coding of fast computational algorithms to incorporate and extract information from imaging data, then a PhD in super resolution microscopy is just wat you are looking for. The projects involve both hardware and software design, and includes the design of high-speed imaging systems, adaptive optics, and software for aberration sensing, deformable mirror control and data analysis.

The 2 positions are:
1. PhD on high-speed adaptive optics systems in super-resolution microscopy
2. PhD on high-speed adaptive algorithms in super-resolution microscopy

You will be part of a research group that aims to increase nanoscopy resolution and robustness so that it can be used within intact live tissue. We believe that the time is right, both technically and conceptually, to make the step from optical microscopy to optical nanoscopy. We break away from 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 combination of integrated optics and information processing allows us to develop completely new nanoscopy methodologies. During the next few years we will develop new optical methodologies in close collaboration with neuro-scientists who apply them. For us, it's all about creating new innovative methodologies that truly enable leading scientists to discover more about cellular functions and the neural network. That includes making our nanoscopy accessible, easier to use and more automated through smart hardware and data analysis tools.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:
- A master’s 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

and skills:
- 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.

Conditions of employment

The 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. The 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 graduateschool.tudelft.nl/ for more information. 

Information and application

Sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, a program with 2 PhD students has been approved in August 2018. Within this program new super-resolution instruments, integrated image processing, active optics and active laser technology will be developed.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. ir. Carlas Smith, e-mail: c.s.smith@tudelft.nl.
To apply, please send a letter of motivation with reference to one of the two positions, a complete CV with transcripts of all exams taken and obtained degrees (in English) before 15 December 2018 to Irina Bruckner, e-mail: application-3mE@tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3mE18-73.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
University Graduate
Working hours
38.0 hours weekly
4 years
2266 - 2897 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Dec. 16, 2018
Vacancy nr.


For more information about the application procedure, please contact:

E application-3mE@tudelft.nl