PhD Studentship at 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 2018 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 (http://www.biophotonics.bccrc.ca).
We are seeking a qualified individual to work on a mutually beneficial project related to the funded research program at the OCIL. Our research program involves the development of hardware and software tools 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 ideal candidate will already have a Master’s Degree in biomedical, electrical and computer, or optical engineering, biological or physical sciences, or a related field. Candidates should have a solid understanding of at least two of the following subjects: biomedical optics, fiber-optics, micro-optics, image processing, device fabrication. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience with OCT, in vitro microscopy, or other medical imaging modalities. Familiarity with MATLAB is essential and experience with C/C++ or statistical software such as R 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. Successful candidates 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.
The BC Cancer Research Center (BCCRC), home to the OCIL, is located midway between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU). Trainees may choose to apply to either degree-granting institution – the Biomedical Engineering Program at UBC or the School of Engineering Science at SFU – and complete their research work at the BCCRC.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter that expresses their research interests, curriculum vitae, and two references to Dr. Pierre Lane (firstname.lastname@example.org).