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PhD Student Biophotonics

SAE-4 PhD Student - Biophotonics

Contract typeFull-time

Biophotonics at Tyndall is a newly established collaborative research programme based at the Tyndall National Institute led by Professor Stefan Andersson-Engels. The Group’s focus will be to form close collaborations with clinicians, research centres and companies to accelerate biophotonics technology and rapidly deliver breakthrough technologies into the hands of health-care providers. Using photonics as a driver for the faster development and deployment of more accurate, less invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for cancer and other diseases.  The new programme has been formed by the Tyndall National Institute, the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) and University College Cork, under a €5M award from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). 

The projects are divided into application- and fundamental-research driven tasks, and are briefly described at Four or more PhD-students will be recruited now.   Each of these positions will primarily work on two projects and to work together with other students, a postdoc and collaborators in advancing biophotonics science. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

The candidate is expected to be creative, self-motivated, and should help create an efficiently and friendly atmosphere within the Biophotonics team and beyond to all teams at IPIC and Tyndall. These positions will offer great opportunities for learning and to become internationally visible as the successful candidates will be part of building a new centre for biophotonics with a potential to become a key player in the field and with excellent infrastructure support.

Essential Criteria

  • The successful candidate must have an MSc. in one of the following disciplines: physics, biomedical engineering, biomedicine, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field.
  • The candidate must demonstrate a high motivation; have an academic record of excellence, and good writing and communication skills.
  • Strong theoretical and experimental skills and documented ability in handling optical systems and/or biomedical samples are essential.
  • Experiences of relevance for the fields of biomedical optics, biomedical diagnostics, imaging, spectroscopy, the ultrasound-optical interaction for waveguide engineering project and/or within system integration are desired.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • A commitment to personal development.

Stipend - €18,000 per annum + Academic Fees

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and the application form

Step 2 -  return the comleted application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to  You are also required to answer (1 page maximum for answer) additional questions, as follows:

Question 1. Describe the main advantages and challenges with upconverting nanoparticles for bioimaging and photoactivation.

Question 2. Describe how wavefront engineering can be useful for deep tissue imaging and manipulation.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.