Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

Postdoctoral Position (2 years) in Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy
The Department of Applied Physics and Electronics at Umeå University has approximately 90 employees and is responsible for 660 full-time students in undergraduate and graduate education in biomedical, energy, civil, and mechanical engineering as well as electronics and media technology. Research is conducted in areas such as biomedical technology, applied laser spectroscopy and energy technology. More information can be found at

We now have an immediate opening for a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral researcher to strengthen our competence in optical imaging. The full-time employment is limited to two years with start date November 1st 2019 or as agreed.

Project description and working tasks
Chemical imaging techniques play an increasingly important role in biomedical technology and life science. Novel light sources, such as broadly tunable quantum cascade lasers (QCLs), have the potential to revolutionize infrared chemical imaging by enabling significant improvements in spatial and spectral resolution, selectivity and analysis speed. 

In our current research, we develop laser-based spectroscopic techniques for gas analysis, as well as mechanical sensing methods based on tactile devices for cancer detection in tissue. Collaboration partners include the University Hospital of Umeå, the Vibrational Spectroscopy platform at the Chemical Biological Centre ( at Umeå University and the Raman spectroscopy group at Luleå Technical University. 

We now want to implement laser-based hyperspectral and discrete frequency infrared spectroscopic imaging to complement the mechanical and Raman imaging techniques and improve characterization of soft tissue. A secondary aim is to apply laser absorption imaging at discrete frequencies to gaseous samples for combustion diagnostics. 

The successful candidate will be involved in various phases of translational research, from technique and device design, instrumentation and laboratory tests to clinical studies, and will have abundant opportunities to collaborate with spectroscopists, engineers and physicians.

As applicant you should have a sincere interest in developing optical imaging techniques and quantitative spectroscopic methods. 

The following qualifications are required:

  • A PhD degree in physics, applied physics, biomedical engineering or other relevant discipline.
  • Original publications in peer-reviewed journals in at least one of the above areas.
  • Extensive experience with optical imaging techniques and image processing, both theoretically and experimentally.
  • Ability to conduct research independently, and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and scientific writing skills in English.

Desirable qualifications are:

  • Documented knowledge in at least one of the following areas: laser absorption imaging of gaseous, liquid or solid samples, laser spectroscopy, quantum cascade lasers or optical microscopy.
  • Experience with tactile sensors and mechanical or other non-optical imaging techniques.
  • Evidence of conducting collaborative research in a multidisciplinary environment.

A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate shall be qualified for employment as a postdoctor. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist.

A complete application includes:

  • Personal letter including a 2-page statement of research interests and a motivation of why your expertise is appropriate for the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Complete list of scientific publications.
  • Certified true copy of the doctoral degree certificate, including documentation of completed academic courses and obtained grades as well as other relevant degree certificates.
  • An electronic copy of your PhD thesis.
  • Copies of (max 5) original research publications relevant to the above topics, numbered according to the publication list.
  • Names and contact information of three persons willing to act as referees.
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to claim.

The application, including attached documents, must be written in English (preferred) or Swedish. The application is made through our electronic recruitment system. Documents must be in PDF (preferred) or Word format. Log in to the system and apply via the button at the end of this page. The closing date is September 20, 2019.

The position is a full-time employment for two years. Starting date is as soon as possible, or according to agreement.

Further information
For further information, please contact Dr. Florian Schmidt, or Dr. Per Hallberg,

More information about the hosting research groups and Umeå University can be found at

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1195-19
  • Florian Schmidt, 0907867611
  • Per Hallberg, 090-786 80 62
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 15.Aug.2019
Last application date 20.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CEST

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