Imaging Physics Laboratory welcomes talented and highly motivated students. If you consider yourself an Applied Physicist or wish to work at the interface of Engineering and Physics, we have exciting projects for you. Prospective students are encouraged to contact us directly (mdas[at]uh[dot]edu) as early as you plan to apply for a PhD program at UH. Due to multidisciplinary nature of our research, we accept students from Engineering and Physics Departments. Prior experience is not necessary, but strong skills in analytical, quantitative, instrumentation or computational methods is a plus. An admission to Biomedical Engineering or Physics Departments at UH is necessary. Key words for desirable past experience: Optics, imaging, inverse problems, detectors, molecular imaging, computed tomography, image reconstruction, computational methods, Monte Carlo simulations, benchtop experiments, C/C++, Unix, Shell scripting, IDL.
We also welcome inquiries from high school students and undergraduate students (interested in Physics/Engineering/Computer Science).
Postdoctoral / Research Scientist Positions
Key words: Photon counting spectral detector, Inverse problem, Imaging system design, Algorithm Development
Postdoctoral fellowships/Research Scientist positions are open at the University of Houston (UH), Houston, TX. Our group is pioneering methods that can enable practical x-ray phase contrast imaging with the potential to transform radiological imaging widely used in clinical and industrial setting. While the current focus is to solve problems in biology and medicine with novel physics and engineering concepts, the selected candidates are not expected to or required to have any expertise in biology/medical physics aspects.
Topics include research on photon-counting-spectral x-ray detectors, x-ray phase contrast imaging, tomography and image analysis, multi-modality imaging (x-ray, optical, ultrasound), molecular imaging. Applications of our research/methods span areas of material science, defense and security, medical/biological applications, chemical imaging and geophysics thus offering a wide array of opportunities/career paths for individuals trained in our group. Candidates seeking to enter these emerging research areas from other related fields are also welcome to apply if they have demonstrated a strong academic record. Both positions offer competitive benefits and opportunities for career growth.
Position 1: Analytical, Applied Mathematics and Computational Research: Will lead development of analytical and computational platforms for forward simulation and inverse estimation based on novel and multi-modality imaging geometries; photon counting x-ray detector design and correction models. Requires strong mathematical, analytical and computer programming skills. Prior experience in at least some of the following are essential - imaging (x-ray, nuclear imaging, optical or ultrasound), inverse problems, analytical methods, applied mathematics, high performance computation, tomographic image reconstruction methods, hyperspectral imaging, Monte Carlo simulations, quick prototyping for new ideas. Technical skills required: C/C++, Linux platform as well as shell scripting. Familiarity with Geant4, Matlab, IDL, root or python desirable.
Position 2: Experimental Research: Will lead benchtop prototype development for computed tomography systems in x-ray and optical imaging (microscopic or macroscopic). Topics of investigations will also include x-ray phase contrast imaging and use of spectral detectors, detector calibrations and correction methods, data analysis, multi-modality imaging platforms. Benchtop system design, experience in opto-mechanics, electronics and instrumentation along with strong data analysis skills are essential. Prior experience with photon counting detector platform, Medipix/Timepix detector platform is added advantage. Experience with C, Matlab, IDL or python desirable.
Both positions require a PhD in Physics, Engineering, Applied mathematics or Computer Science. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential along with a track record of academic excellence (shown via publications and conference presentations) and ability to work productively in a collaborative setting. Interested candidates should send a copy of their CV, statement of research interests along with the names and addresses of three references to Dr. Mini Das (email: mdas[at]uh[dot]edu). Positions are available immediately with a funding support available for at least three years with an option to renew annually based on performance. These positions offers competitive benefits and opportunities for career growth as well as excellent job opportunities in industry and academia. Both projects involve collaborations with CERN, national labs, industry and clinical researchers.