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Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to join the VISIONLAB, which is co-located in the Department of Physics and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute at the University of Cambridge. The VISIONLAB, led by Prof. Sarah Bohndiek, uses next-generation imaging sciences to advance our understanding of tumour evolution. We apply the latest spectral imaging hardware, together with biophysical models and machine learning methods, to studies of cancer in both mouse models and patients.

The successful applicant will drive forward a multidisciplinary project advancing the use of spectral endoscopy. In particular, they will be responsible for pioneering new multispectral imaging technologies that can be applied for improved cancer diagnostics in a clinical setting. The new project will be developed to complement existing projects within the VISIONLAB, including: chip-on-tip multispectral endoscopy using custom CMOS image sensors; in-vivo and ex-vivo hyperspectral imaging of patient tissues for early cancer detection, including clinical trials in oesophageal and gastric cancers; and, the real-time classification of tissue based on machine learning models. The role includes the opportunity to be actively involved in collaboration with both clinical and industrial partners.

The successful applicant should: hold a PhD in physical sciences, engineering, biomedical optics or related (equivalent research experience in industry will be considered); have experimental expertise in designing, building and deploying optical imaging systems; and be able to demonstrate a strong track record of first author scientific publications and presentation at international research meetings, commensurate with their research experience. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the laboratory, excellent communication and team working skills are essential. The ideal candidate would demonstrate creative problem-solving capability and adaptability when approaching unfamiliar problems. Practical knowledge in any of the following additional areas would be advantageous: cleanroom nanofabrication; miniaturised imaging technologies; nanophotonics; compressive sensing; and free space or fibre-coupled optical imaging.

Key responsibilities will include: development of advanced multispectral imaging hardware and methods, modulating both illumination and detection of light to improve lesion visualisation; advanced computational modelling and optical simulation (e.g. Zemax/FDTD); systems control and automation; collection and analysis of experimental data; and supervision of graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory.

For more information on the research of the laboratory, please see Email with informal enquiries or specific questions about the role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance but may be extended (subject to satisfactory performance) should suitable fellowship or grant funding be secured. The VISIONLAB strongly encourages and supports candidate-driven efforts to obtain competitive fellowships.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

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Closing Date: 23rd May 2022.

Interview Date: TBC.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £30,497) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please quote reference SW29249 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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