PhD Studentship in The Optical Cancer Imaging Lab at the British Columbia Cancer Agency
The Optical Cancer Imaging Lab (OCIL) at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA) in Vancouver, Canada, has an opening for a PhD student (September 2017 start). The OCIL develops and validates non-invasive high-resolution optical tools for the early detection and management of cancer. Our research includes all aspects of optical imaging and spectroscopy for the in vivo, ex vivo, and in silica evaluation of tissues from different organ sites including lung, cervix, oral cavity, skin and colon. Further information is available online (www.biophotonics.bccrc.ca). The successful candidate will receive his/her degree from Simon Fraser University (www.sfu.ca).
We are seeking a qualified individual to work on mutually beneficial projects related to the funded research program at the OCIL. Our current research program involves the development of instrumentation for in vivo (endoscopic) optical coherence tomography (OCT) and autofluorescence imaging (AFI) for the early detection of cancer and other pathologies. Further, our group is developing algorithms for feature extraction, segmentation and classification of the OCT-AFI images. The candidate will be expected to design and develop OCT-AFI systems; perform ex vivo and in vivo imaging studies in animal models and consenting humans; and publish scientific results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research group including biomedical engineers, imaging scientists, and clinicians.
Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in biomedical, electrical and computer, or optical engineering, biological or physical sciences, or a related field. The ideal candidate should have hands-on experience with OCT, AFI, or optical microscopy, and a solid understanding of at least two of the following subjects: biomedical optics, fiber-optics, dual-clad fibers and/or photonic crystal fibers, micro-optics, image processing, catheter fabrication. Experience with Matlab and C/C++ language programming is very desirable. Excellent communication skills and proficient English language skills are required.
The candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, cancer biologists, chemists, and optical engineers. The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively and independently while assisting undergraduate students. This studentship offers significant opportunity for interaction in a multidisciplinary environment at the interface between biomedical optics and clinical practice. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven track record in biomedical research.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter that expresses their research interests, curriculum vitae, and two references to Pierre Lane (firstname.lastname@example.org).