PhD Scholarship in Image Processing, Super Resolution Microscopy

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in physics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. The funds for this position are available for five years. Applications should be sent before October 31, 2018.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The laboratory of Ilaria Testa, Department of Applied Physics, Royal Institute of Technology KTH located at the BioImaging platform in SciLifeLab (Stockholm, Sweden), is looking for a candidate with background in engineering or physics with interest in advanced light microscopy. The candidate will apply and further develop novel and sensitive super-resolution microscopes based on novel fluorescence switcher in combination with ad-hoc image processing approaches.

I'm a new appointed group leader aiming to build a team of physicists and biologists with the goal of pushing the spatio-temporal resolution of lens-based microscopes to a new level by developing next generation super-resolution microscopes. The primary focus will be to develop imaging strategies to study cellular processes at a molecular relevant length scale (5-50nm). We have developed several super-resolution microscopes based on reversible switchable fluorescent proteins. In particular, we have shown for the first time that coordinated targeted microscopy based on the RESOLFT concept can image living cells with nanometers resolution in the sub-seconds time scale and its potential in tissues imaging. We now would like to push the concept toward tissue and smart automated imaging.

Experience in fluorescence super resolution microscopy and optics would be a strong asset.

The employment is four years with a possibility of maximum up to five years. Up to 20 percent department duties are included in the employment.
- The possibility to study in a dynamic international research environment in close cooperation with industries and advanced universities the world over.
- A personal study plan to support your development within your areas of interest.
- A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s doctoral student salary agreement.
- Work and study in Stockholm, one of Europes fastest growing capitals, which is close to both nature and the sea.
- Help to relocate and get settled in Sweden and at KTH.
- Our lab will provide exposure to cutting edge technology and facility together with top expertise in STED/RESOLFT and single molecule optical nanoscopy

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
- completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
- in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science in engineering or physics. In addition to the traditional academic merits, a relevant degree project, international experience, and language skills are regarded as advantageous qualifications.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
- ability to independently pursue his or hers work,
- ability to collaborate with others,

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:
- Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
- Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
- Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.


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