Goal and background
Measuring the reflectance or transmittance spectrum of organic materials allows determining the composition of their key constituents, such as sugar, fat and protein. Near-infrared spectroscopic techniques are widely used in the food and chemical industries, but presently require an analytical lab.
Our group has developed integrated spectral sensors, based on an advanced nanophotonic platform, able to quantify and classify materials properties using near-infrared light. These low-cost, handheld spectral sensors, already commercialized by our spin-off MantiSpectra, will enable a wide range of applications in the agro-food sector, for example to monitor the growth of plants, the ripeness and aging of fruit, the properties of milk, etc, throughout the entire food production chain (from farms to consumers). In this project we want to make a major further step, by showing that this technology can also be used to measure several points of an object (e.g. a plant), positioned at a certain distance from the sensor. This is essential in many situations (e.g. a greenhouse) where the sensor must operate autonomously and cannot be placed in direct contact with the sample
The selected candidate will perform applied research in spectral sensing. He/she will conceive, build and test a sensing system able to perform spectral measurements at different points of a scene, using the combination of a single-point spectral sensor and a camera. The project will be carried out at the Eindhoven University of Technology, under the supervision of prof. dr. A. Fiore, Dep. Applied Physics, in close collaboration with a team of young and enthusiastic researchers and with industrial partners. The postdoctoral appointment will initially be for a period of one year, with the possibility of extensions depending on project funding. The Eindhoven region and its PhotonDelta ecosystem offer ample opportunities for developing an applied R&D career in photonics, within large companies or fast-growing spin-offs.
We welcome applications from candidates with a recent PhD degree in optics or photonics. Candidates must prove a strong attitude towards experimental work, as well as the drive and capacity to tackle different aspects of a complex problem with independence, while working in a team. An interest for applied and industry-relevant research in the field of optical sensing is expected.
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
• Full-time employment for 1 year.
• Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 10
• A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
• High-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
• An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
• Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs. • A TU/e Postdoc Association that helps you to build a stronger and broader academic and personal network, and offers tailored support, training and workshops.
• A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and a compensation for moving expenses.
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact the hiring manager Andrea Fiore, professor, a.fiore[at]tue.nl or +31 40 247 2118
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Applications can be made through the TU/e vacancies website:
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Screening of applications will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.