PhD Position in Computational Optical Imaging for Retinal Imaging

Research / Academic

We are looking for a motivated PhD candidate to play a pivotal role in the advancement of our imaging system. This role encompasses both hardware development and processing algorithms, taking the system from technical samples to in vivo human data. The research will take place at VU in Amsterdam.

Your duties

  • designing, setting up, and aligning (holographic) imaging systems, particularly for imaging living human eyes
  • devising and implementing software and algorithms to facilitate data acquisition, reconstruction, and extraction of functional data
  • acquiring and evaluating data to ensure accuracy and reliability

As part of this position, you will have the opportunity to showcase your findings at national and international conferences and contribute to publications in relevant journals. Moreover, you will enjoy the freedom to explore and pursue your own ideas and directions within the project's framework. The ultimate goal is for the successful candidate to produce a dissertation leading to a PhD degree by the end of the 4-year project.


  • a Master's degree or equivalent in (applied) physics, engineering, or a related field, with a background in optics and imaging
  • proficiency in numerics and programming, preferably in Python, C/C++, or Matlab, with a strong willingness to further enhance these skills
  • an enthusiastic interest in medicine, physiology, and biology, and a keen desire to explore the applications of optics within these domains
  • effective communication skills in English, both spoken and written
  • a passion for creative work and a willingness to experiment with novel concepts and ideas

Salary Benefits:

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,541 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,539 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
Work Hours:

30.4 - 38 hours per week


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