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Postdoctoral Position in Miniaturized Optical / Acoustical System for Smart Laser Surgery


Postdoctoral Position in Miniaturized Optical / Acoustical System for Smart Laser Surgery

100%, Start May 2021 (negotiable)

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (DBE) has a Flagship funded project from the Werner Siemens Foundation (Zug/Switzerland). The principal aim of this interdisciplinary project called Minimally Invasive Robot Assisted Computer-guided LaserosteotomE (MIRACLE) is the development of a minimally invasive robotic endoscope for cutting bone with laser light. The successful Postdoc will be part of an interdisciplinary team of biomedical engineers, mechatronics engineers, computer scientists, physicists, and medical doctors. He or She will be able to contribute to the development of a disruptive technology in robotic laser surgery.

Your position

In this project, the Postdoc will be developing a miniaturized optical or/and optoacoustical feedback system for smart medical laser. To develop this fully miniaturized and integrated system we will investigate different optical or/and optoacoutical system design which produce the best prototype for minimally invasive smart laser surgery. Aim is to build miniaturized optical/optoacoustical feedback system (e.g., OCT, optoacoustics, LIBS) and integrate it with a miniaturized laser surgery. The integrated prototype should be able to monitor in real time the cutting depth and changes in bone and/or tissue properties (e.g., mechanical, thermal) during the minimally invasive laser cutting.

Your profile

  • University Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Physics or closely related fields.
  • Ability to assemble optical, electrical and mechanical system.
  • Experience working and assembling with micro-optics, -electronics, -mechanics and -acoustics is highly desirable.
  • Experience in building miniaturized OCT and/or optoacoustic system (i.e., endoscopic system) is highly desirable.
  • Programming skills (e.g., C++, MATLAB or Labview).
  • Experience working with high power micro-optics is desirable.
  • Experience in optical system design (using e.g., Zemax, CODE V) is desirable.
  • Experience in advanced signal and image processing is a plus.
  • Experience in CUDA or GPU parallel computing is a plus.
  • Applicants are expected to have excellent language skills in English.

We offer

  • Opportunity to work in a highly innovative Flagship project with up to 30 researchers.
  • The position is initially for a year with the possibility for extension based on funding and performance.
  • The salary is very competitive by international standards and will be according to the guidelines of the University of Basel. Five weeks of Holidays per year, 42 working hours per week.
  • Basel is a city on the Rhine River in northwest of Switzerland. Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet.

Application / Contact

Applicants are requested to submit their documentation electronically as a single PDF file by email with the subject “Postdoc Application: Position Micro Optics/Acoustics”. This document should include your letter of motivation, CV with publication list, TOEFL and/or IETLS scores if available as well as the phone number/email of up to three references.
For applications and questions please contact Prof. Dr. Azhar Zam (azhar.zam@unibas.ch). Review will start on March 1st, 2021 and will stay open until the position is filled.