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UiT-funded PhD position (4 years) in 3D label-free nanoscopy UiT Norges arktiske universitet

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The position

The Department of Physics and Technology is pleased to announce a vacant position of a PhD Research Fellow in the optics group in connection with the FRIPRO Young project ‘Label-free nanoscopy of living cells through nanoscale refractive index profiler’.

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position in Tromsø within a reasonable time after receiving the offer, the the preferred start-up date of the position is 1st October 2021.


The position’s field of research - 3D label-free nanoscopy

The doctoral research fellow will be a part of 3d-nanoscopy team, led by Assoc. Prof. Krishna Agarwal, who works on super-resolution microscopy, also referred to as nanoscopy. Please see for more information. She is also the principal investigator of the aforementioned FRIPRO Young project. The goal of the project is to develop a new label-free nanoscope comprising of a novel innovative instrument and a novel innovative computational solver, which together provide nanoscopic resolution for reconstructing the refractive index of sub-cellular organelles in biological living cell samples.

The fellow will work towards his/her PhD degree with the following goals:

  • development and characterization of the novel microscope under the co-supervision of an optical instrumentation expert
  • development and optimization of the computation solver based on non-linear inverse scattering under the co-supervision of an inverse problems expert
  • integration of the instrument and solver to realize 3D label-free nanoscopy under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Krishna Agarwal
  • benchmarking the reconstruction accuracy and resolution of the nanoscope
  • collaboration with biologists to perform live cell experiments and derive nanoscopy images
  • dissemination of the work through scientific journal publications and conference participation

This project lies at the intersection of applied physics, applied mathematics, engineering, and biology. It requires a highly motivated, enthusiastic, goal-oriented, and diversely talented candidate. In turn, it provides an opportunity for doing a very interesting cutting-edge and heavily multi-disciplinary research in early stage of research career.

The nature of the project and the job scope is that it allows an all rounded development of the fellow. The fellow will be encouraged and supported to build his/her resume towards their ambition in academic, technopreneurial, or mainstream industrial career. There is an opportunity for the fellow to build his/her research network through inheriting the collaborations of the group. Major collaborators, beyond UiT and directly relevant to the project, include USoton (UK), NTNU (Norway), UiO (Norway), IIT (Italy), IFOM (Italy), University of Campagnia (Italy), University of Barcelona (UB), EMBL (Germany), NUS (Singapore), ASTAR (Singapore), BIT (China), Sun Yat Sen University (China), and IIT (India). The fellow will also be encouraged to become a member of (DLN), a national platform for multi-discplinary research with life sciences as a focus. DLN offers several PhD courses and career development programs, which the fellow can participate in.


Contact

For more information about the position and UiT, please contact Assoc. Prof. Krishna Agarwal:

Qualifications

The position requires a Norwegian master degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in physics, mathematics, or electrical or computer engineering.

The main qualifications and mandatory requirements include:

  • Excellent programming skills in Matlab, Python, Java or another scientific programming platforms
  • Postgraduate coursework or master thesis strongly related to at least 4 of the following topics:
    • Functional analysis or Operator theory
    • Linear algebra,
    • Integral and Differential Calculus
    • Optimization theory
    • Electromagnetic wave theory or Antenna design
    • Computational modeling of differential and integral equations
    • Optics or Microscopy or Nanoscopy
    • Parallel computing or Distributed computing
    • Inverse Problems
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English

It is expected that the candidate demonstrates:

  • Self-motivation, independence, enthusiasm
  • Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job

It is desirable that the candidate demonstrates some of the following:

  • Creativity, ability to think outside the box, problem solving and go-getter characteristics are extremely desirable
  • Publication record (academic or non-academic scientific), if any, including journal articles, patents, conference articles, software or source code releases, news articles, video or text blogs are welcome (order of examples indicates roughly the order of preference)
  • Prior experience in synchronization of electronic equipment and customized automation of processes
  • International experience and cultural awareness

The assessment will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position. The candidate must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of label-free nanoscopy and the university as a whole.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.


Admission to the PhD programme 

For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the  and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

Admission normally requires:

  • A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master's degree of 120 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.

To gain admission to the programme, the applicant must have a grade point average of C or better for the master’s degree and for relevant subjects of the bachelor’s degree. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found .

Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from .

If you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later than two monthsafter taking up the position.


Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity are a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite at least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

Application 

Your application must include: 

  • Application letter describing:
    • why the candidate considers oneself suitable for the position
    • what motivates the candidate to apply for the position and what the candidate expects from this position
  • CV, including list of publications, if any
  • Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of 
  • References with contact information, at least 2 academic references
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are in the process of completing your master, you must document that you have submitted your master thesis by the application deadline. You should have dissertated before the preferred start-up date of the position, 1st October 2021. You should also attach a statement from your supervisor. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline. 


We offer
  • Exciting research possibilities, international exposure, opportunity to shape and pursue career ambition, opportunity to build extensive research network, and great potential of growth
  • Exposure of working in highly prestigious RCN funded project and cutting edge research
  • Fantastic work environment and good renumeration within the stunning landscape of Tromsø
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: 

General information 

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more . 

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years. 

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017.  A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure. 





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The position

The Department of Physics and Technology is pleased to announce a vacant position of a PhD Research Fellow in the optics group in connection with the FRIPRO Young project ‘Label-free nanoscopy of living cells through nanoscale refractive index profiler’.

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position in Tromsø within a reasonable time after receiving the offer, the the preferred start-up date of the position is 1st October 2021.


The position’s field of research - 3D label-free nanoscopy

The doctoral research fellow will be a part of 3d-nanoscopy team, led by Assoc. Prof. Krishna Agarwal, who works on super-resolution microscopy, also referred to as nanoscopy. Please see for more information. She is also the principal investigator of the aforementioned FRIPRO Young project. The goal of the project is to develop a new label-free nanoscope comprising of a novel innovative instrument and a novel innovative computational solver, which together provide nanoscopic resolution for reconstructing the refractive index of sub-cellular organelles in biological living cell samples.

The fellow will work towards his/her PhD degree with the following goals:

  • development and characterization of the novel microscope under the co-supervision of an optical instrumentation expert
  • development and optimization of the computation solver based on non-linear inverse scattering under the co-supervision of an inverse problems expert
  • integration of the instrument and solver to realize 3D label-free nanoscopy under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Krishna Agarwal
  • benchmarking the reconstruction accuracy and resolution of the nanoscope
  • collaboration with biologists to perform live cell experiments and derive nanoscopy images
  • dissemination of the work through scientific journal publications and conference participation

This project lies at the intersection of applied physics, applied mathematics, engineering, and biology. It requires a highly motivated, enthusiastic, goal-oriented, and diversely talented candidate. In turn, it provides an opportunity for doing a very interesting cutting-edge and heavily multi-disciplinary research in early stage of research career.

The nature of the project and the job scope is that it allows an all rounded development of the fellow. The fellow will be encouraged and supported to build his/her resume towards their ambition in academic, technopreneurial, or mainstream industrial career. There is an opportunity for the fellow to build his/her research network through inheriting the collaborations of the group. Major collaborators, beyond UiT and directly relevant to the project, include USoton (UK), NTNU (Norway), UiO (Norway), IIT (Italy), IFOM (Italy), University of Campagnia (Italy), University of Barcelona (UB), EMBL (Germany), NUS (Singapore), ASTAR (Singapore), BIT (China), Sun Yat Sen University (China), and IIT (India). The fellow will also be encouraged to become a member of (DLN), a national platform for multi-discplinary research with life sciences as a focus. DLN offers several PhD courses and career development programs, which the fellow can participate in.


Contact

For more information about the position and UiT, please contact Assoc. Prof. Krishna Agarwal:

Qualifications

The position requires a Norwegian master degree, or equivalent foreign degree, in physics, mathematics, or electrical or computer engineering.

The main qualifications and mandatory requirements include:

  • Excellent programming skills in Matlab, Python, Java or another scientific programming platforms
  • Postgraduate coursework or master thesis strongly related to at least 4 of the following topics:
    • Functional analysis or Operator theory
    • Linear algebra,
    • Integral and Differential Calculus
    • Optimization theory
    • Electromagnetic wave theory or Antenna design
    • Computational modeling of differential and integral equations
    • Optics or Microscopy or Nanoscopy
    • Parallel computing or Distributed computing
    • Inverse Problems
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English

It is expected that the candidate demonstrates:

  • Self-motivation, independence, enthusiasm
  • Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job

It is desirable that the candidate demonstrates some of the following:

  • Creativity, ability to think outside the box, problem solving and go-getter characteristics are extremely desirable
  • Publication record (academic or non-academic scientific), if any, including journal articles, patents, conference articles, software or source code releases, news articles, video or text blogs are welcome (order of examples indicates roughly the order of preference)
  • Prior experience in synchronization of electronic equipment and customized automation of processes
  • International experience and cultural awareness

The assessment will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position. The candidate must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of label-free nanoscopy and the university as a whole.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.


Admission to the PhD programme 

For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the  and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

Admission normally requires:

  • A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master's degree of 120 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.

To gain admission to the programme, the applicant must have a grade point average of C or better for the master’s degree and for relevant subjects of the bachelor’s degree. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found .

Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from .

If you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later than two monthsafter taking up the position.


Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity are a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite at least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

Application 

Your application must include: 

  • Application letter describing:
    • why the candidate considers oneself suitable for the position
    • what motivates the candidate to apply for the position and what the candidate expects from this position
  • CV, including list of publications, if any
  • Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of 
  • References with contact information, at least 2 academic references
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are in the process of completing your master, you must document that you have submitted your master thesis by the application deadline. You should have dissertated before the preferred start-up date of the position, 1st October 2021. You should also attach a statement from your supervisor. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline. 


We offer
  • Exciting research possibilities, international exposure, opportunity to shape and pursue career ambition, opportunity to build extensive research network, and great potential of growth
  • Exposure of working in highly prestigious RCN funded project and cutting edge research
  • Fantastic work environment and good renumeration within the stunning landscape of Tromsø
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: 

General information 

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more . 

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years. 

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017.  A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure. 





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