PhD Position 3D Super-resolution Microscopy – TU Delft – Delft

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TU Delft

Job description

The PhD position is part of research of prof. Bernd Rieger and prof. Sjoerd Stallinga, in which we target 3D super-resolution microscopy by the “re-scan confocal” technique. Here the confocal spot that is scanned through the sample is re-imaged onto a conventional camera, enabling advances in resolution and signal-to-noise ratio.

We strive for improving this technique with optical engineering of the scan spots and/or scan patterns, by extending the technique to full 3D microscopy, and by applying it to single-molecule localization. The project builds on the lab’s track-record in the field of computational imaging techniques for super-resolution microscopy.

The project will run in collaboration with the company that brings the re-scan confocal technique to microscopy users, and is part of a bigger consortium on 3D Nanoscale Imaging in which different academic groups run research collaborations with companies in this area.


We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in physics or in a physics related discipline. In particular, we want the candidate to have expertise in a branch of optical imaging, and development of experimental setups in, in combination with a skill set in computational techniques for developing theory and running simulations and data analyses. Good programming skills in e.g. Matlab, Python, C, or Cuda, are desired. Above all, we are interested in candidates with a passion for making methodological advances in science and technology.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the .

Conditions of employment

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

T he TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

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We pioneer in optical neuro-imaging, super-resolution microscopy, MRI, ultrasound, OCT, and scattering and diffraction based diagnostics. In the domain of digital society we achieve impact on the semiconductor manufacturing sector by cutting edge tools for imaging, sensing and precision metrology, such as lensless imaging, optical system design, nano-photonic components, electron optics, and hybrid electron-optical imaging systems. In both sectors there is a prominent role for Artificial Intelligence and computational imaging techniques.

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