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PhD -Tissue identification for surgical guidance using biophotonics

SAE-16 PhD -Tissue identification for surgical guidance using biophotonics

Contract: 36-months full-time research grant within the PHAST-ETN project, followed by a 12 month PhD stipend in Ireland.

The Biophotonics@Tyndall team that was formed recently and has gained a lot of recognition already. The team is specializing in fundamental and translational research in biophotonics and has established strong industrial collaboration projects. Many of the ongoing clinical studies focus on label-free optical spectroscopy and imaging.

The present project is about developing a laboratory fibre-optic based prototype of combined diffuse reflectance and autofluorescence spectroscopy. The system will be evaluated in terms of how well the properties can be extracted, and which wavelengths should be employed.

Studies will be conducted ex-vivo and in-vivo for these preclinical evaluations. An appropriate fibre optical probe will be developed, allowing light from many sources to be combined, as well as signal light to be collected in a small foot print.

This work will be conducted together with SpectraCure having vast experience in fibre optical light delivery and collection for tissue treatment.

Planned secondments at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Spectracure AB (Sweden) and Stryker Ltd. (Ireland).

Essential Criteria

  • Applicants should hold or expect to attain, as a minimum an MSc in Electronics, Optical Engineering or Photonics, Physics, Bioengineering or related area
  • A demonstrated knowledge of at least two of the following: photonics, electromagnetic fields, optical sensing, spectroscopy, lasers, optical fibers, bioengineering, data analysis or control of instrumentation.

Desirable

  • Research project carried out in at least one of the above disciplines

For any informal queries, please contact Prof. Stefan Andersson-Engels by email: stefan.andersson-engels@tyndall.ie.

An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate SAE-16 as the Job Reference

Step 2 – return completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to careers@tyndall.ie.

Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations (https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/). Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

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.