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In 2016 30% of all deaths nation-wide were caused by cancer. This is often treated using x-ray therapy. Unfortunately, its wide deposition range causes unavoidable collateral damage to healthy surrounding tissue. A new treatment uses protons, which are deposited in a well-defined position. Unfortunately, patient movement and erroneous assumptions on tissue properties may lead to partial tumour treatment and healthy tissue irradiation. Our solution detects the proton deposition location in real-time using the interaction of protons and ultrasound contrast agents combined with ultra-sensitive opto-acoustic sensors. Your task comprises the modelling, design and experimental demonstration of the integrated photonics based ultrasound sensor. The project is a close cooperation between TNO and TU Delft in the fields of optics and acoustics and the Holland Proton Therapy Center, providing a unique basis for this groundbreaking work.
We are looking for a highly capable researcher with a PhD degree in Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or similar. Expertise in design and manufacturing of integrated photonics, MEMs, optics, or acoustics is essential and affinity with medical devices is desirable. The candidate should be capable of combining simulation and experimental work and enjoy multidisciplinary projects. Our candidate is highly motivated, adventurous and creative, has an good command of the English language and excellent communication and team working skills. We expect the candidate to keep good contact with TNO and other collaborating parties. The research will be performed at the Ultrasound group (TU Delft) and at the optics department of TNO.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.
For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.
This postdoc position is for the term of 2,5 years.
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.
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With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.
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