Postdoc position in photonics and biomedical optics

Postdoc position in photonics and biomedical optics

Research Associate/Research Fellow Microscope-In-a-Needle | Ref: 499437|



  • 1-year appointment
  • Salary range:  Level A $67,352 – $91,397 p.a. or Level B $96,210 – $114,250 p.a. (dependent on qualifications and experience)
  • Research & Development In Biomedical Photonics/Optical Microscopy (Australia)

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top Australian universities and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

Do you have an aptitude for opto-mechanics and/or robotics? 

Come join a team of engineers and scientists working in collaboration with medical researchers and clinicians on the application of light for measurement and diagnosis in living biological systems.

Our projects are about inventing, engineering, operating and understanding complete systems, from new modes of imaging, to optical and mechanical instrument design, to electronics, signal processing and real-time software generating big data, to working with medical researchers and biologists to understand the data. Imaging systems are being developed for clinical and biological collaborations, for example, in cancer detection, scar assessment and physiological studies of the human airway.

This position will contribute mechanical design of imaging systems involving navigation, tracking, scanning, actuation and optical imaging. It will contribute to: our Microscope-in-a-Needle project, which has led to the development of highly miniaturised fibre-optic probes that are small enough to be encased within a medical needle; to its extension to the Nanoscope-in-a-Needle; and also to micro-elastography, the optical imaging of tissue stiffness.

We are seeking a researcher who can contribute to these areas and who is expert in at least one of the following: opto-mechanical systems, robotics, optical design, optics experimentation.

You will form a key part of the interdisciplinary team of hardware and software engineers, biologists, physiologists, pathologists and surgeons developing the methods, the technology, and the applications of tissue imaging and medical microscopy.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • You have a degree in engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics, physiology, biology, or similar; or equivalent industry experience; a PhD would be an advantage;
  • Strong ability in at least one of: opto-mechanical systems, robotics, optical design, optics experimentation, signal processing and modelling, and project management;
  • A track record of achievement in research or development relative to opportunity;
  • Experience in working as a team player, preferably within a cross-disciplinary team;
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills in the preparation of high-quality reports, presentations and publications;
  • An ability and willingness to direct and supervise final year undergraduate students and PhD students in the area of bioengineering; and
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Beyond technical strength, we are looking for someone with a strong work ethic, a practical approach, and who gets excited about achieving an outcome, as well as coping with some time pressure.  Come and join a focused team trying to make a difference.

For more information: see or email Prof David Sampson

Closing date: 5 January 2018

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Applications must be submitted online at:

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

Please see the position description prior to applying: 314859

The University occupies a picturesque setting by the Swan River five minutes from downtown Perth and ten minutes from Perth’s famous beaches. Perth is located on Australia’s southwest coast and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and short mild winters and is renowned for its relaxed outdoor lifestyle.