Predoctoral researcher

Last application date
Nov 01, 2019 00:00
TW05 - Department of Information technology
Employment category
Research staff group 3
Limited duration
Master in Photonics or Electronics Engineering
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Silicon photonics is a field that is maturing and attracting strong interest from industry and academia to realize miniaturized photonic systems for applications in datacommunication, telecommunication and sensing, as well as in other emerging fields. In the past 5-10 years the Photonics Research Group has developed proof-of-concept photonic integrated circuits for a sensing modality called Laser Doppler Vibrometry (LDV). In this modality the chip sends a coherent beam to a moving target and captures the reflected beam which is Doppler shifted due to mechanical movement. The Doppler shift is measured on-chip by a homodyne or heterodyne interferometric approach. Typically the chip contains an array of LDV-circuits so that movement of an object can be traced simultaneously in multiple positions. This approach has many applications. In the H2020-funded CARDIS project the technique has been successfully applied to the non-invasive measurement of arterial Pulse Wave Velocity, as a means to estimate the stiffness of arteries. This is a marker for cardiovascular diseases. In view of the highly promising results this research will be taken further in the H2020-funded project InSiDe, in collaboration with Medtronic and other partners. The same technique can also be used for non-destructive testing of critical infrastructure, such as blades of wind mills. In the IOF-project ALOUD we intend to develop a proof-of-principle demonstration system for this purpose, whereby the LDV-system will be drone-mounted so as to access difficult-to-reach constructions. If successful we will explore opportunities for industrialization of this technology, possibly in the form of a spin-off company. You will join the ALOUD project and will be responsible for the system design, especially the electronics part of the system (analog and digital). You will also participate in the testing and proof-of-principle demonstration of the system. You will take care of all aspects relating to challenges with respect to drone-mounted equipment (e.g. mitigation of drone-originated vibrations).

Profile of the candidate

You have a MSc degree in photonics or electronic engineering. You have expertise in the design and testing of advanced photonic/electronic systems as well as in signal analysis. You have a problem-solving attitude as well as an entrepreneurial spirit. You possess strong verbal and written English communication skills allowing you to effectively communicate with team members as well as with industrial and academic partners.

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