Institut für Angewandte Physik
Universität Bern
Sidlerstrasse 5
CH-3012 Bern

Institute of Applied Physics
University of Bern
Sidlerstrasse 5
CH-3012 Bern

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Last update: 17.03.2017
PostDoc: Medical Physicist/ Clinical Scientist in Ultrasound or Optoacoustic Imaging
Job description:
The Division of Biomedical Photonics of the Institute of Applied Physics is a centre of excellence for research in applications of lasers in medicine. The Optoacoustic Imaging Group has an internationally renowned track of achievements in the field of optoacoustic imaging, an emerging technique that allows the display of optical absorption inside tissue with a high spatial resolution via the detection of thermo-elastic ultrasound transients. Since recent years, we are diverging into the broader field of ultrasound imaging. One of our developments, computed ultrasound tomography in echo mode – CUTE – has gained broad attention within the ultrasound community. This technique allows imaging the spatial distribution of the speed of sound inside tissue with millimeter spatial resolution using echo ultrasound. The local speed of sound is indicative for tissue composition and disease stage, and can reveal tissue lesions such as cancer or provide a quantitative measurement of the grade of fat infiltration in organs. We are looking for a highly-motivated, self-driven and enthusiastic physicist who wishes to work creatively in an independent setting. Successful candidates will have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have extensive research experience as evidenced by a strong publication record. We are particularly interested in candidates with strong background in medical or biomedical imaging, preferably in optoacoustic or ultrasound tomography. While understanding of project-related medical, biological, and physical concepts is most important, familiarity with programming experience (Matlab and C++), physical modelling of wave propagation and inverse problem solution, experience of academic research, manuscript publication and grant writing is helpful. You will support our team in a clinical pilot study for the improved diagnosis of liver cirrhosis in fatty liver patients in collaboration with the Hepatology Service of the Universitätsklinik für Viszerale Chirurgie und Medizin (UVCM). The successful candidate will therefore have the opportunity to interact with students and staff from different Departments. Your focus will be on the further development of CUTE to meet the needs of our clinical partners. Your work will involve formulation of physical models, simulations, systematic phantom studies and support of the clinical studies. Towards the end of the one year term you will be part of writing a multidisciplinary research grant proposal. The position should start as soon as possible and is for a period of one year with the possibility for a continued employment for another three to four years. In the Division of Biomedical Photonics you will be working within a friendly and international team. We offer a cutting edge research project, excellent facilities and a dynamic and stimulating work environment. You will be at a top University that provides a vibrant environment for post-doctoral fellows to pursue unique multidisciplinary projects such as the one described here. The University offers highly competitive salaries based on the candidate’s experience. All applications may only be submitted online, and should include a full CV, a motivation letter and a list of at least three references. A single PDF with these documents should be addressed and e-mailed to Prof. Martin Frenz at Additional information about the Institute of Applied Physics, including a full list of publications and research areas, can be found at:
Biomedical Photonics/Optoacoustic Imaging Group
Martin Frenz