PhD student in Biomedical engineering Linkoping

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Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees due to retirement among our current staff and an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is a national centre for education and research in biomedical engineering. Our work is guided by the needs of the healthcare sector and is carried out in close collaboration with hospital clinics and the biomedical industry.

Our aim is to be a catalyst in the biomedical engineering innovation system of the future – an arena for leading international researchers and teachers, where new knowledge is created and disseminated. By integrating biomedical research, healthcare and the business sector, we help improve people’s quality of life worldwide. Read more at

Hereby advertises a position as

PhD student in Biomedical engineering
formally based at the Department of biomedical engineering

As a PhD student you will primarily devote yourself to your research. Expectations of work within education (e.g. teaching assistantships) and administration will be limited to no more than 20 percent of full time.

We are looking to fill two positions within the Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy Group, led by Dr. Rolf B Saager, within the department of Biomedical Engineering at Linköping University. While both positions will focus on the advancement of quantitative optical imaging techniques using Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging (SFDI), there are two project directions that viable applicants will be considered for:

1) Project #1: The PhD candidate will primarily develop new optical methods and techniques for characterizing burn wounds and other wounds. The primary method employed in this project is spectral imaging using structured illumination (Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging, SFDI), however the candidate will advance this technique by extending this approach to account for angular dependence of scattered light. The method will be used to non-invasively determine tissue optical properties at different depths and thereby estimate the extent of both functional (e.g. tissue viability) and structural damage to the tissue subsurface. The work involves developing and implementing efficient analysis algorithms based on multispectral images, including modeling and simulation of light transport in tissue as well as hardware and software development for clinically evaluating the method.

2) Project #2: This PhD Candidate position will center on the development of quantitative fluorescence imaging techniques derived from light transport modeling methods in the spatial frequency domain.  The primary objective of this research trajectory is to expand current spatial frequency domain imaging techniques to include endogenous fluorescent biomarkers related to cellular activity and metabolism (e.g. NADH, FAD) as well as extracellular structures (e.g. collagen, elastin). Exogenous fluorescent biomarkers (e.g. PpIX, ICG, etc) may also be considered.  Current models and methods for depth sensitive SFDI techniques to determine tissue absorption and scattering will be extended to incorporate secondary light-tissue interactions, such as fluorescence.  This research effort will also be targeted towards applications in clinical burns and chronic wounds, as these additional biomarkers may provide a more detailed insight into mechanisms and phase specific processes in wound healing and tissue restructuring/remodeling. As a result, this research project may include clinical and/or pre-clinical studies and data analysis.

Viable candidates must have a sincere interest in imaging technologies and optical spectroscopy and have documented training (e.g. Master’s degree or equivalent) in biomedical engineering, applied physics or related discipline. Proficiency in multiple programming platforms will be expected for both the data analysis and light transport modeling as well as for instrumentation control and development (e.g. Matlab, Python, LabVIEW, C#, and/or others). Good knowledge of English, written and spoken, is necessary for publications and presentations of research results in international journals and at conferences. Candidates must exhibit clear communication skills and be able to function in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and be comfortable with either direct or indirect involvement in ethically approved investigations of living tissues.  Additional consideration given to candidates with prior research/work experience in any/all of the following areas: optics and photonics, medical imaging (optical and non-optical technologies), medical instrumentation design and development.

Qualified to PhD studentships are only those who are or have been admitted to graduate studies.

Appointment time
The appointment will be until further notice for a maximum of one year at a time. A doctoral student may not be employed during a period exceeding eight years. The total time of appointment must not exceed the equivalent of four years´ full time research training.

Starting date 
By agreement.

The salary for PhD students is based on the department’s salary scale.

Union representatives
For contact with union representatives see below.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest August 15 2018. The application should include a brief motivation letter specific to the optical techniques and duties described in this posting (no more than 1.5 pages) written in English, CV, transcript of grades and references. Translation of original documents into English or Swedish is required, if they are not written in any of these languages.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact person

Rolf Saager



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Post expires on Wednesday August 15th, 2018