PhD High speed 3D optical imaging

Research / Academic

The PhD student will develop novel optical imaging technology for rapid 3D imaging of integrated circuit nanostructures. The Ph.D. student will use techniques such as optical coherence tomography and computed tomography and investigate the use of all properties of light (amplitude, wavelength, phase, and polarization) in these imaging modalities to obtain the desired imaging performance. 

The goal is to retrieve 3D information of the structure and shape of IC nanostructures and detect with high sensitivity possible defects or deviations from the ideal geometry. The research will focus on ultra-high throughput imaging and therefore needs to be based on techniques such as compressed sensing to obtain the required imaging speed. 

Real-time quality control has to be obtained using dedicated computer processors (e.g. GPUs) for rapid data processing, data analysis, and defect detection. This project take place in a larger consortium working on advanced optical imaging and detection using compressive sensing.


The candidate should have an MSc degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or the equivalent. The research comprises both experimental work and theoretical modelling (roughly 50%-50%). The PhD position is at the university, but it is expected from the candidate will also strongly interact with the Dutch company that is potential user of the research results. Good knowledge of English is required.

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.   

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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