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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity – Optical Coherence Tomography

The Backman Lab at Northwestern University is a pioneer in the development of novel super-resolution imaging and nano-sensing techniques, and currently has an opening for a postdoctoral trainee in optics focusing on Optical Coherence Tomography technologies.

The position is focused on developing endoscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT) technologies to quantitatively study changes to microvascular function and tissue nanoscale organization in response to disease progression. Candidates must have experience in optical imaging device development, fiber optics, spectroscopy, and Matlab or Python.


  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, medical physics, or a related field
  • Experience in optical microscopy development, design, and use is required
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral training and/or experience with optical coherence tomography, endoscopic imaging, broadband light sources, fiber optic splicing, machine learning techniques, and modeling of optical systems (Zemax)
  • Demonstrated creativity through patents and novel high impact publications is a plus

Successful candidates will work under the direction of Dr. Vadim Backman, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and Molecular Genetics, and Director of the Center for Physical Genomics and Engineering at Northwestern University.

Outstanding candidates interested in this opportunity are encouraged to send a CV to Benjamin Keane at

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.