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Postdoctoral positions

Postdoctoral position in Label-free imaging based on Broadband Coherent Raman micro-spectroscopy

A postdoctoral research position is immediately available in our group. 

The Vibra group is a multidisciplinary team of physicists, engineers and biologists committed to the development and application of new-generation label-free microscopy methods for biomedical research. The laboratory is equipped with cutting edge instruments and technology in the field of vibrational micro-spectroscopy. Additionally, KAUST offers exceptional infrastructure for scientific research and is equipped with state of the art core facilities for imaging, characterization and micro-\nano-fabrication.

We are looking for an ambitious and self-motivated post-doctoral researcher with excellent scientific records to work on the development and application of a novel fast and broadband Stimulated Raman Scattering microscopy system, in the framework of an interdisciplinary project investigating lipid dysregulation in cancer cells.

A Ph.D. degree in engineering, physics, or a related field is required. The candidate must have hands-on experience with optical instrumentation, optical microscopes and ultrashort pulse laser sources. Proficiency using Matlab and LabVIEW is preferred. Experience in image analysis and Multivariate Analysis of spectroscopic data will be considered a plus. 

The offered appointment is a full-time research position with a two-year contract.
A highly competitive tax-free salary is provided. Benefits: free housing; relocation support; health insurance; one round-trip airline ticket per year to visit home country.

Applications should be sent to carlo.liberale@kaust.edu.sa and include: 
- CV
- a cover letter that summarizes the research experience and areas of interests of the applicant
- academic transcripts (unofficial/scanned is acceptable)
- contact information of at least 2 academic references. 

The postdoctoral position will be open until filled.


PhD positions

We currently have 2 PhD positions to our lab for the following projects:

1: A PhD student position is currently available in our group.
  An innovative high-speed broadband Stimulated Raman Scattering system 
will be designed and set up in our laboratory, in the framework of a recently awarded grant, in collaboration with Prof. Giulio Cerullo 
and 
Prof. Dario Polli at Politecnico di Milano. 
self-motivated candidates will work on the set up and application of the Stimulated Raman Scattering system, in a collaborative and interdisciplinary project involving radiation-matter interaction, nonlinear optics, ultrashort laser pulses, detectors, electronic instrumentation and finally investigating lipid dysregulation in cancer. 

2: Optical fibers are nowadays an ubiquitous core element of telecommunication systems, new laser technologies and biomedical devices. Manufacturing techniques for optical fibers have been developed and refined in order create manifold geometries and optical properties (e.g. Dual clad fibers, fiber bundles, Photonic Crystal Fibers, to name a few). Yet the capability to fabricate complex miniaturized structures integrated with optical fibers to realize important optical functions (like beam shaping, beam deflection, fiber optical tweezers, etc.) has been demonstrated only very recently. The project will focus on the fabrication of photonic structures on the tip of optical fibers exploiting to flexibility, resolution and 3D fabrication capability of Laser Direct Writing based on Two-Photon Lithography (TPL)

Highly competitive PhD scholarships are provided. Benefits: free housing; relocation support; life insurance; subsidized medical and 
dental insurance; one round-trip airline ticket per year to visit home country.

Application procedure : 
A Master degree in Electrical Engineering, Optics/Optical Engineering, Physics or a related field is required.

Applications should include: 
a CV; a cover letter that summarizes the research experience and areas of interests of the applicant; academic transcripts (unofficial/scanned is acceptable);  contact information of at least 2 professional references.
 
To Apply for the PhD postion, please email to carlo.liberale@kaust.edu.sa 


Visiting student positions
      
We currently have 2 internship opportunities to our lab for the following projects:

1: Novel Micro-optical structures on optical fiber tip with two-photon lithography. The project will focus on the fabrication of optical wave-guiding structures on the tip of optical fibers exploiting to flexibility, resolution and 3D fabrication capability of Laser Direct Writing based on Two-Photon Lithography (TPL).

2: Development of a novel Stimulated Raman Scattering microscopy system. The project will focus on the development of a low-noise detection system in a setup for fast microscopic vibrational spectroscopy based on Stimulated Raman Scattering, which is one of the most advanced and sensitive methods for label-free microscopy for bio-imaging. The system will be applied to vibrational imaging of cancer stem cells to unveil their specific biochemical signatures.

To Apply for any of the Internship projects, please refer the link https://vsrp.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Internships.aspx
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