PhD position (ESR) in “Saddle Point methods for imaging and non-imaging systems”, as part of the Marie Curie ITN project ADOPSYS: Advanced Optical System Design
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This position is part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ADOPSYS. This project aims to educate and train twelve starting researchers in optical modelling and design, and to develop disruptive new optical design tools that are broadly applicable to optical design problems and to significantly increase design productivity and efficiency. The project is closely related to European industry and the consortium consists of seven academic institutions and three industrial companies that are full partners and another four companies that are associate partners. All partners host and provide supervision of the researchers.
In this PhD project, the Saddle Point Construction (SPC) method will be applied to imaging and non-imaging systems. With thee SPC method, one can construct saddle points in the optimization landscape that contains many local minima. The saddle points act like mountain passes through which one can pass from one local minimum to an adjacent local minimum. In many cases the optimization landscape has a structure that can be studied by studying smaller systems with less parameters. Traditionally SPC has been applied to designing imaging systems. In this project we will focus on non-imaging in particular problems occurring in bar code readers and machine vision systems. The student will take part in the training scheme provided by the ADOPSYS consortium and will in this way obtain a very broad knowledge of optical design methods both for imaging and for non-imaging systems. As part of the project the student will spend 4 months in the Optics Research Goup of the University of Technology of Madrid (UPM) which is leading in optical design of non-imaging systems and will furthermore spend 4 months in the research laboratory of Datalogic in Bologna, Italy, which is a leading company in bar code readers and machine vision and automation systems.
The suitable candidate PhD researcher should be interested in optical design and should have a good knowledge of optics or a related field and should have as background a master degree in physics or electrical engineering. Good knowledge of English both written and oral is required to be able to submit reports and the doctoral thesis in English. All suitably qualified candidates irrespective of gender or nationality are welcome to apply as long as the following conditions have been fulfilled: 1. Applicants should be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the period of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate. 2 Applicants should not be a national of the country of the host institution. 3. Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the start date. APPLICATIONS: Applicants should submit a personal statement explaining their motivation, a CV and at least one academic reference. The project will start on the 1st of September 2013. No specific deadline is set at the moment; interviews will be carried out until the position has been filled. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply.
Nr of positions available : 1
Physics - Optics
Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
First Stage Researcher (R1)
The ESR fellow will be employed according to the employment conditions of Delft University of Technology. The salary follows the Marie Curie ITN Scheme which amounts to €39,558 gross per year. On top of the regular compensation, an extra allowance will be available to cover mobility expenses. The fellows will pay taxes according to the rules of The Netherlands. A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment.
|Degree||Master Degree or equivalent|
|Degree||Master Degree or equivalent|
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