Postdoctoral Research Associate in Polarization Resolved Hyperspectral Imaging

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Polarization Resolved Hyperspectral Imaging

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4 Apr 2 May Leiden

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Job description

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Physics is looking for a:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Polarization Resolved Hyperspectral Imaging
Vacancy number: 23-251

Key responsibilities
Small handheld cameras have revolutionized modern society and are essential for numerous scientific instruments. Equipped with spectral filtering techniques, a sensitive camera can be used for hyperspectral imaging. As a postdoc your will build a Hyperspectral Stokes Imager capable of live (second frame rate) spectral and polarization resolved imaging.

This imager is to capture all four components of the Stokes vector and provide complete access to the polarization degree of freedom in hyperspectral imaging. Your goal is to demonstrate the potential of the imager by measuring optical properties of biological species (in collaboration with Naturalis), inspecting food for food safety applications and evaluate the quality of plastics in recycling applications. The insights gained in the project will be used to develop small, more cost-effective units, based on e.g. Arduino, Raspberry Pi or mobile phone technology.


Leiden University


Selection Criteria

  • PhD in experimental Physics, Optics, Computer Science or a related discipline and a good publication record
  • Strong skills in instrumentation and control in Python or other programming language
  • A genuine interest in interdisciplinary science and applications of hyperspectral imaging methods
  • Creative and independent thinker
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English

You will be joining the group of Michiel de Dood (, part of the quantum matter and optics groups at Leiden University.

Conditions of employment

Terms and conditions 
We offer a full-time, one-year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3.557,-  to € 4.670,-  gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Research at our faculty
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

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