PhD on Fast volumetric ultrasound imaging of acoustic biomolecules

Faculty Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics. The position is in the department of Imaging Physics (ImPhys) of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. This department performs cutting-edge research spanning imaging science, from basic principles to applications. The Ph.D. student will work under the guidance of David Maresca, assistant professor of Imaging Physics.

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Job description
Ultrasound wave physics enables imaging of biological tissues with high spatial and temporal resolution (~ 50 ms, 100 µm) across multiple centimeter depths. Recently, this capability was enhanced with the discovery of acoustic biomolecules - proteins with physical properties enabling them to scatter ultrasound. The candidate will develop advanced ultrasound imaging methods for the fast volumetric in vivo detection of acoustic biomolecules in order to maximize the impact of this nanotechnology in biology and medicine. The laboratory has a particular focus on brain and cardiac imaging applications. Research will include both simulation and experimental work. The candidate will be a member of the Imaging Physics department at TU Delft, and will collaborate strongly with the Bionanoscience Department of TU Delft as well as the Neuroscience department of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.

We are looking for highly talented and motivated candidates with an attestable interest in ultrasound imaging and biomedical applications. The candidate should have an MSc degree in Acoustics or related disciplines. Good communication skills in English are required.

Conditions of employment
TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.    

Information and application
For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. David Maresca, email:, tel: +31 15 27 81394.

If you are interested in this position, you must send the following information in English (pdf format only) 1) a personal letter of motivation, 2) a detailed CV, 3) a BSc and MSc grade list, 4) your MSc thesis and list of publications (if any). If you are considered for this job you will be asked for the names and contact information of two professional references. Please e-mail your application to Mrs. Angela van der Sande,, referring to vacancy TNWIP19-074.

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