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Post-doc Optical Imaging Research Program

Your function within the department

The surgical treatment of cancer is a rapidly changing field. Surgical procedures are optimized by image guided surgery and with increasing speed minimal invasive technologies for tumor treatment are developed.  Core to all these developments is to ensure that all tumor tissue is removed adequately. To this end our group is developing and testing advanced imaging technologies to guide surgery and minimal invasive procedures. For tissue differentiation during surgery and minimal invasive procedures  we have a long track record in using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Currently this technology is used in clinical trials to identify tumor tissue form healthy tissue during surgical procedures. Currently, we aim to bring optical imaging technology even one step further by the use of hyperspectral imaging systems in the operating room. By integrating technology into the operating room we hope to fulfill our mission to improve treatment outcome for cancer patients.  
Our young research group on Surgical Innovations within of the Department of Surgical Oncology.  consists of 4 staff members with backgrounds in Surgery and in Physics, 4 post-docs, 9 PhD students and 5-7 undergraduate students. The research centres around two topics: intraoperative tumour localization and optical spectroscopy. The group is part of The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI/AVL), which is the only comprehensive cancer centre in The Netherlands. Within the institute there is a strong interaction between basic sciences and clinical research. Our group is working on the intersection of  basic/translational research and clinical application. In 2015 hybrid operating rooms became available within the hospital which allow optimal integration of technical innovations within the surgical work flow. For our research developments and implementation trajectories we have a strong collaboration with research groups at technical universities and with industry.
For the project “Hyperspectral Imaging for Improving Cancer Surgery” we are looking for a postdoc. In this project we will be developing an instrument for routine hyperspectral imaging of fresh resection samples. Her/his role will be to address several optical imaging problems in the design, collaborate with robotics experts from the University of Twente, who will contribute to the project, collaborate with the hospital engineering department who will be building the system and assist a PhD student in performing clinical measurements.

Your profile

You will work in a dynamic international scientific environment and collaborate with colleagues at Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, the NKI and at other institutes. Postdocs at Antoni van Leeuwenhoek will participate in our new postdoc career development program.
Does this job description appeal to you and can you identify yourself with the following conditions then we would like to invite you for an interview!

Postdoc (appointment for 3 years)
• A master in biomedical engineering, or a related field, preferably on a subject related to this project.
• Experience with optics, data analysis and machine learning.
• Analytical skills.
• An interest in medical technology.
• Good communication skills to enable collaboration in a multidisciplinary environment.
• Fluent spoken and written English


Your career opportunities and terms of employment

The gross salary per month will be € 3.215,- to € 3.917,- (salary scale 55), and depends on previous experience. The terms of employment will be in accordance with the CAO Ziekenhuizen (Collective Labor Agreement for Hospitals).


For further information please contact Prof. dr. T. Ruers, head of the Division Surgical Oncology  +31 20 5122538/+31 20 5122565.

Acquisition for this vacancy is not appreciated.