PhD position in X-ray imaging and image processing methods for 3D digital histopathology of thyroid carcinomas in precision medicine

Empa Materials Science and Technology


July 9, 2021


Empa - the place where innovation starts

Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

Empa's Center for X-ray Analytics develops X-ray analytical and imaging methods for understanding materials structure in life- and material sciences. One of the focus areas of its research is bio medical and personalized health related topics (PHRT).

The Center is offering a

PhD position in X-ray imaging and image processing methods for 3D digital histopathology of thyroid carcinomas in precision medicine

The PhD research will be part of a pioneering imaging project towards holistic tissue analyses sponsored by the ETH Board. The project is truly interdisciplinary and will be carried out in close collaboration involving imaging scientists, bioinformatics and machine learning experts, clinical pathologists from other ETH Domain Institutes and University hospitals. The outcome of the project will be genuinely new 3D non-invasive tumor tissue analysis tools (soft- and hardware) for the clinical use in pathology and precision medicine.

Your contribution:

  • Further development of a clinically adoptable noninvasive, 3D histopathology based on X-ray phase contrast micro CT for whole biopsy blocks and tissue micro arrays
  • Establishment of a unique 3D histology data base for cohorts of different thyroid carcinoma types
  • Image and feature analysis in collaboration with the clinical partners
  • Data management, data treatment and contribution to data science and ML methods and analysis
  • Your profile:

    If you would like to make a major impact on personalized medicine and revolutionize digital pathology, you are highly motivated, communicative and passionate working in an interdisciplinary field and fulfill the following criteria:

  • Completed Master`s degree in biomedical engineering, physics or similar
  • Have some experience with X-ray imaging methods
  • Have preferably some additional experience in the biomedical domain and/or in image processing and modern data science methods (ML)
  • Have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree
  • Fluent in English, (German is beneficial)
  • then, this position might be for you.

    Project duration is 3 years. The candidate will perform his/her research at Empa in Dübendorf. Desired starting date is as soon as reasonably possible or upon mutual agreement.

    For further information about the position please contact Dr. Robert Zboray and visit our websites www. and Empa-Video

    We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

    Empa, David Heusser, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.

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