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PhD/ Postdoc in Optical/ Mechanical Engineering

The Chien Lab at Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) is a multidisciplinary lab and is looking for a self-motivated PhD or postdoc with a strong …

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's-Gravendijkwal, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
€ 2750 - € 4361 per maand


The Chien Lab at Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) is a multidisciplinary lab and is looking for a self-motivated PhD or postdoc with a strong background in optical and/or mechanical engineering.

We are researching cancer biology and creating diagnosis and treatment technology. Instrument development is an integral part of this. The successful candidate will develop a next-generation high-throughput screening microscope for isolation of abnormal and sparse aggressive cancer cells, based on some of our developed technologies. The project involves designing and building a custom microscope and programming a user-friendly interface for cancer cell screening. The candidate will also work on creation and improvement of advanced imaging methods for capturing high resolution spatiotemporal cellular dynamics in 2D and 3D biological samples and contribute to advancing our research in cancer diagnostics and therapeutics based on single cell technology. The successful candidate will interact with a diverse group of faculty in Physics, Chemistry, Bioengineering and Cell Biology, and will be able to collaborate with leading laboratories at Erasmus MC, Delft University of Technology, the Oncode Institute and the Cancer GenomiCs.nl consortium.


The successful candidate must have a Master's Degree (for the PhD position) or PhD (for the Postdoc position) in a relevant discipline such as Physics, Optical Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering with a record that reflects individual accomplishment. Sufficient experience or training in optical and/or mechanical engineering and proficiency in LabView, MATLAB and/or Python are a prerequisite. A strong command of scientific English in speech and writing is essential, proven by publications in international journals and presentations at international meetings. Familiarity with CAD, Zemax, or basic circuit design, or knowing C++ or Java, will be considered a plus.

Being able to present a certificate of good conduct, a valid proof of identity, diploma's and/or relevant registration such as BIG/ RGS are conditions for the appointment.


In case of a Postdoc appointment we initially offer a one year contract with the possibility of an extension depending on performance. The gross monthly salary amounts a maximum of € 4.361,- (scale 10), depending on your level of education and relevant experience and based on a full-time working week of 36 hours. In case of a PhD appointment you will receive a temporary position for 4 years. The gross monthly salary is € 2.357,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.020,- in the 4th year (scale OIO). The terms of employment are according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Dutch University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Miao-Ping Chien, project leader: m.p.chien@erasmusmc.nl. For queries regarding your application, please contact Jerry Chandansingh, Recruiter, phone number: +31 (0)6 500 310 06.

If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.