PhD Candidate in Optical Nanoscopy and Integrated Optics

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway with its main campus located in Tromsø is the northernmost university in the world. Its focus on climate and environment is clearly dictated by the geographical location at the edge of the Arctic. The main task of the Faculty of Science and Technology is to conduct research and teaching at high national and international level. Prioritized research areas include energy, climate, environment, maritime, marine, nano-, space-, and information technology; addressing both general topics and topics relevant for the High North.


PhD Candidate in Optical Nanoscopy and Integrated Optics

The Department of Physics and Technology announces a vacant position of PhD Candidate in the area of Optical Nanoscopy and Integrated Optics at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics and Technology, affiliated with the H2020-MSCA-ITN project “Super-resolution optical microscopy of nanosized pore dynamics in endothelial cells”.

The position is available for commencement from 1st of March 2018 and the appointment is for a period of three years.

The Department of Physics and Technology consists of five research groups: (1) Earth Observation, (2) Energy and Climate, (3) Machine Learning, (4) Space Physics, and (5) Ultrasound, Microwaves and Optics (UMO). The department provides education on the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels, and comprises 19 permanent scientific positions and a technical/administrative staff of 10 persons.

This position will be associated with the UMO research group at the Department of Physics and Technology. The group consists of five permanent academic staffs and several postdocs and PhDs. Within the UMO group, the position is affiliated with the Optical Nanoscopy group led by Associate Professor Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia.

Further information about the position, UiT and project details is available by contacting Associate Professor Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia:

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The position’s field of research

The successful applicant will work within the umbrella of a larger EU funded project entitled “Super-resolution optical microscopy of nanosized pore dynamics in endothelial cells (DeLIVER)”, funded by UiT and the H2020-MSCA Innovative Training Network Programme. The project funds 15 PhD positions allocated to five different countries. The project has particular emphasis placed upon the application of high-resolution optical methods that enable functional and kinetic studies of the morphology of liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs). Because the size of relevant features enabling the clearance of small molecules and particles from the blood - cellular fenestrations (holes through the cells of 50-200 nm) - is well below the spatial resolution of conventional optical microscopes, they have so far mostly escaped our ability to directly follow these dynamic transport processes in vitro and in vivo. Thanks to recent advances in the field of super-resolution microscopy, commonly referred to optical nanoscopy, we now have new optical tools available that can overcome the fundamental limit of spatial resolution in optics, the diffraction limit.

The candidate will work towards the development of the super-resolution imaging modalities using planar optical waveguides within this project. The details of the roles and responsibilities of the PhD Candidate are discussed below.

There will be close national collaborations with Department of Pharmacy, UiT (Drug Transport and Deliver) and Department of Medical Biology, UiT (Vascular Biology Group) and strong international collaborations with members of the DeLIVER consortium. The candidate should be willing to travel overseas for attending project meetings and to attend post-graduate training courses organized by DeLIVER project.

Roles and responsibilities of the Research Fellow

Within the large project, the Research Fellow will work in the work package “To increase spatial resolution of optical nanoscopy at high imaging speed”. This will be achieved by development of a waveguide and microfluidics-based integrated optical nanoscopy platform. The role of candidate is to:

  • Design optical waveguides using commercial software like FIMMWAVE, COMSOL, etc.
  • Characterization of optical waveguides, such as coupling and propagation losses auto- fluorescence etc.
  • Build waveguide chip-based optical nanoscopy/microscopy set-up
  • Integrate micro-fluidics solution with the optical waveguides
  • Develop multi-modality microscopy/nanoscopy solutions using optical waveguides
  • Work closely with collaborators to use chip-based optical nanoscope for studying relevant biological systems

During the initial phase of the PhD, the candidate will be trained in one of the existing chip-based optical nanoscope set-up at UiT. The candidate will also be trained on waveguide characterization using existing waveguide chips.

In addition to the faculty’s compulsory courses, the Research Fellow is required to participate in ITN specific courses and training programs.

Qualification requirements and assessment

This position requires a Master’s degree in Physics/Technology/Engineering. The suitable candidate must have a background in optics/photonics and should possess good programming skills in Matlab or other suitable programming tools. The candidate must have background/exposure to one or more of these fields:

  • Exposure to the field of integrated optics, such as optical waveguides
  • Exposure to optical microscopy (such as fluorescence, other label-free microscopy)
  • Exposure to phase microscopy, digital holography
  • Hands-on experience to the optical instrumentation
  • Optical fibres

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who like to work in a challenging project, steer the project independently and like to work in a large project setting spread across several countries. A suitable candidate is one who could strive for excellence and likes to collaborate with members from others labs (national and international collaborators). Good communication skills in English is therefore necessary.

Candidates can be of any nationality. However, the candidate is required to undertake transnational mobility, i.e. move from one country to another, when appointed. This is a requirement of the MSCA-ITN programme, which is funding this position. In the case of Norwegian nationals, or persons who have previously resided in Norway, these can be eligible for this position provided they have resided or carried out their main activity outside of Norway for more than 24 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment.

Applicants shall, at the time of recruitment at UiT, be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the applicant obtained the degree entitling her/him to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

To gain admission to the PhD programme, you must have a grade average of C or better. Further information about requirements for admission to PhD studies are available here:

Documented fluency in English is required.

The assessment will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position. You must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of your discipline and the university as a whole.

During this assessment process, emphasis will be put on your potential for research as shown by the Master’s thesis and any other academic works. In addition, we may consider work experience or other activities of significance for the PhD studies.


Your application must include:

  • CV and application letter
  • Diplomas and transcripts (diploma supplement)
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • References
  • Master’s thesis and any other academic works

Qualification with a Master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your Master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must have completed your degree before 1st of March 2018.

All documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. Submit the application electronically through Jobbnorge.

We offer

  • An interesting research project
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Good career opportunities
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

The UiT campus is located near the centre of Tromsø, a vibrant city located in Northern Norway with approximately 75 000 inhabitants. The location also offers ample opportunities for e.g., sighting aurora, hiking and skiing.

Terms of employment

Remuneration of PhD Candidate positions are in salary code 1017, and normally starts at salary grade 50 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, corresponding to approx. 36 400 NOK/month in 2018. There is a 2 % deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. In addition, UiT pays 12 % directly to the Pension Fund on top of the salary.

You have to be qualified for and participate in our PhD study program. As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training; thus, if you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

More information about moving to Norway:


We make the appointment in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

UiT the Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. The university is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and we will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act. You may request to not be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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