Postdoctoral Researcher Nanophotonic Spectroscopy for Life Sciences

Leuven - PostDoc
More than two weeks ago

As our new Post doc researcher on Nanophotonic Spectroscopy for Life Sciences, you will help us to validate spectroscopic techniques in realistic conditions. 


Postdoctoral Researcher Nanophotonic Spectroscopy for Life Sciences

What you will do

Within imec’s Life Science and Imaging department, our group’s R&D activities focus on the development of novel tools for health care applications. In particular, we are investigating sensor technologies that allow non-invasive investigation of molecular parameters in different applications. Optical techniques are especially interesting in this context, and especially optical spectroscopy can reveal molecular fingerprints directly. For instance, bioreactors, which uses biological processes in the production of cells, micro-organisms, proteins or other biochemical substances, are complicated environments that require monitoring of multiple parameters. Spectroscopic techniques are particularly interesting as they allow non-invasive or minimally invasive characterization of the (bio)chemical content of the reactor volume. We are aiming at aggressively miniaturized spectroscopy instrumentation to interface with bioreactors and/or photonic integration of spectroscopic techniques directly or indirectly with the bioreactor volume. We are now looking for a motivated fresh or experienced PhD to join us to help validate these spectroscopic techniques in realistic conditions. 

As our Postdoctoral Researcher Nanophotonic Spectroscopy for Life Sciences, you will:

  • Develop novel spectroscopic techniques, using e.g. spontaneous Raman, coherent anti-Stokes Raman and stimulated Raman scattering for real-time monitoring of multiple parameters in bioreactors using new imec technology. 
  • Design custom chips, interact with photonic designers and process integration engineers and validate the approach using bench-top spectroscopic equipment. 
  • Work together with biophysics and biochemistry researchers to validate the assays. 
  • Carry out your work in imec’s life lab, where you can work together with an international, multidisciplinary team.  

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. 
We are proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth. 
We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive salary.

Who you are

  • You have a PhD in the field of (bio)physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, or engineering. Experience with optical spectroscopy is an asset. 
  • We value your hands-on experience with data analysis and chemometrics
  • Your hands-on experience with advanced spectroscopic techniques (Raman (spontaneous, stimulated CARS) spectroscopy, FTIR, UV-Vis etc) and photonic sensors is an asset
  • We are looking for a self-motivated, innovative, results driven, and team-oriented candidate.
  • We appreciate good communication and interpersonal skills to link research groups and project partners.
  • Given the international character of imec, excellent knowledge of English is a must.

This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through KU Leuven. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).


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