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Postdoctoral Researcher Volumetric 3D Printing with Holograms

Research & development - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Pushing the state-of-the-art in 3D printing for biotech applications

Postdoctoral Researcher Volumetric 3D Printing with Holograms 

What you will do

At imec we are enabling a new generation of high resolution, high throughput 3D-fabrication techniques that can lead to a new age of building microfluidic devices, tissue engineering, photonics devices, batteries, catalysts, etc. Tissue engineering via ’bioprinting’ is currently of high interest because of promises that via rapid 3D-printing several organic constructs can be made such organelles for drug discovery, scaffolds for tissue reconstruction, and even engineered replacement organs. A limiting factor though, is the ability to rapidly fabricate centimeter-sized 3-dimensional constructs to embed living cells in a fibrous matrix or form cell guiding structures and scaffolds at the micrometer scale to accelerate the cultivation of cells and to grow the organoid or tissue. We intend to fix this limitation.  

Therefore, in this postdoctoral project, we aim to develop a volumetric 3D printing system that prints centimeter-sized objects at micrometer scale resolution. The project focuses on aspects of expressing 3-dimensional primitive shapes mathematically as a 2D hologram and how that hologram prints in a 3D volume. It will be a joint position between the group of Peter Schelkens at imec-Vrije Universiteit Brussel and different teams at imec (sense and actuate, lithography).  

The successful candidate bridges the expertise fields of the mathematical expressions of holograms with the practical implementation of volumetric printing and/or lithography. The topic is multi-disciplinary of nature and requires:  

  • Expertise in algorithms for hologram construction .
  • Optical system modelling . 
  • Characterization and fabrication methods for building and using setups.  

Promotor: Peter Schelkens  
Co-promotor: David Blinder  
Mentors: Xavier Rottenberg, John Petersen, Dries Dictus, David Blinder  
Manager: Roelof Jansen  
Required background: Physics (optics), holography, Engineering  
Type of work: holography, optical system simulation, interaction with the lab team for system optimization (optical setup and physical hologram preparation)  
CSR‐label: Goal 3 - Good health: ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being  
Ambitions:  generic  
Application domains: lithography, holography, life sciences  
Focus of work: 70% simulation/modelling, 20% literature, 10% lab work  

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth. 

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive salary with many fringe benefits. 

Who you are

  • A highly motivated postdoctoral researcher, holding a PhD degree in nano-engineering, physics, material science, electrical engineering, or related.  
  • You have experience and background relevant to the topic and the described goals.  
  • You are willing to work partly in laboratory environments and partly on modelling and design, and that to present your obtained results regularly.  
  • You are a team player and have good communication skills as you will work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team spanning several imec departments. Given the international character of imec, an excellent knowledge of English is a must.  
This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through VUB. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).  
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