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PhD student – Organs-On-Chip monitoring with optical coherence tomography (4 years)
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Published: 6 days ago
Application deadline: Dec 05
Location: Enschede, Netherlands
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PhD student – Organs-On-Chip monitoring with optical coherence tomography (4 years)

Job description

We invite you to apply if you are a biomedical engineer, applied physicist, or electrical engineer interested in optical coherence tomographic (OCT) imaging and sensing. You will be a member of the Biomedical Photonic Imaging group of the University of Twente and you will collaborate closely with the Applied Stem Cell Technologies group and the BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip group. Your work will be part of the Netherlands Organ-on-a-chip Initiative that has been funded by an NWO Gravitation grant.

Your role will be to develop and apply OCT for the non-invasive monitoring of organs-on-chips, with a specific focus on vascularization. Besides structural imaging, you will explore several functional OCT extensions to obtain information on e.g. flow and oxygen saturation. The main focus of your work will be on OCT hardware development, experiments and signal analysis, but you will also have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with organs-on-chip development.

Your profile

  • You are a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher.
  • You have an MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics or Electrical Engineering, with excellent analytical and experimental skills.
  • You have affinity with (biomedical) optics and photonics.
  • Experience with optical coherence tomography is an advantage.
  • You have excellent communication skills and you can employ these skills for an effective collaboration with all involved parties.


Please contact Dr. Nienke Bosschaart ( for more information. Your application must be uploaded via the link below. Do not apply by e-mail. Applications need to include a one-page motivation letter and a CV.

Our offer

The University of Twente offers excellent working conditions, an exciting scientific environment, and a green and lively campus. We offer: 

  • A PhD position for four years (38 hrs/week).
  • A stimulating scientific environment with cutting edge infrastructure.
  • Gross salary PhD student: ranging from € 2.266,00 (€ 2.325,00 as of 1-2-2019) (1st year) to € 2.897,00 (€ 2.972,00 as of 1-2-2019) (4th year) per month, plus holiday allowance (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%).
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development.
  • Good secondary conditions, in accordance with the collective labor agreement CAO-NU for Dutch universities.
  • A green and lively campus, with lots of sports facilities and other activities. 

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Within the TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology) of the University of Twente some 700 staff members and 2000 students are involved in training and research on the interface of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. Research, which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders.

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