Open call for PhD positions in Imaging Physics

What do we do?

We develop novel instrumentation and methodology to push existing boundaries in imaging science and sensing. We use visible light to image the building blocks of life at the nanoscale, seismic waves to image deep inside the earth, or build arrays of electron beams to probe semiconductor wafers. Other examples include the design of magnetic pulse sequences in MRI, the development of ultrasound probes at extreme data speeds, the design of satellite based spectrometers for imaging exoplanets, and lensless imaging techniques with extreme ultraviolet light.

In everything we do, there is a core of cutting edge physics and engineering of high-tech instruments, of the use of the most advanced computing techniques, and of a very close link to real-life applications in the medical domain, in high-tech industry, or in tools for understanding the fundamentals of life. If this appeals to you, we invite you to join our research efforts!

Examples of PhD projects



HMagnetic Resonance Imaging is the one application of spin physics with the highest clinical value. In this exciting collaborative PhD project, between TU Delft and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), we will develop new modes of cardiac imaging with MRI. The tools will be translated from bench to bedside with the aim to improve clinical management of coronary heart disease.


We want to retrieve 3D information on the structure and shape of IC nanostructures using optical coherence tomography and computed tomography techniques that include all properties of light (amplitude, wavelength, phase, and polarization.

Ultra-resolution in light microscopy  


Here we want to study how to push the boundaries of resolution to its limits using computational methods. We are in particular interested how to combine information from many low-quality 3D acquisition of single molecule localisation data into one reconstruction utilising symmetry and or prior-knowledge.

PhD in cooperation with an industrial partner

The company GrassValley located in Breda, NL, produces media equipment with a focus of live television, in particular cameras. In this cooperation we want to study how to automatically combine the live-streams from many camera, e.g. 14-30 cameras around a football field during a Champions league match.

PhD Study in the Netherlands?

PhD study in the Netherlands is a popular choice for many students looking to tap into this culture of open-mindedness, innovation and international exchange of ideas. The country’s multicultural and multilingual population also means that most of its doctoral programmes are taught in English. 

Dutch universities have an impressive reputation and are a popular destination for many PhD students. Doctoral researchers are highly regarded by Dutch universities, which offer many benefits for international students:

  • Employee status – PhD students in the Netherlands are paid university employees, with associated rights and responsibilities such as formal teaching
  • International student population – the Netherlands has a proud tradition of international exchange, with around 10% of students coming from abroad
  • Historic university system – the Netherlands has several universities dating back to the 16th century
  • Global recognition – 12 Dutch universities are ranked in the top 200 in the world for 2019


Are you interested in joining us to pursue a unique PhD degree in the field of imaging physics? A rolling call, with periodic deadlines, is always open for candidates applying to do a PhD at ImPhys.

All candidates will be considered for all available positions for which they are eligible. Some specific positions are announced through targeted calls. Candidates applying to these calls are also considered for all other positions for which they are eligible.


We are looking for enthusiastic candidates with a "drive" for applied research. He or she has a demonstratable interest in advanced imaging or microscopy, for instance related to Lensless imaging | Super-resolution microscopy | MRI scanning | Space optics | Ultrasound | Correlative microscopy | Brain imaging | Seismic imaging | Electron beam imaging | Scatterometry. We expect creativity, flexibility, and ability to co-operate within an interdisciplinary and international research group.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate potential candidates:

  • Masters or equivalent in physics, biophysics, electrical engineering, math, computer science or a related field.
  • Highly competitive academic record and outstanding performance at Bachelor’s and Master’s level (top 20% ranking during his/her BSc and MSc).
  • Outstanding analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including good written and spoken English, as well as the ability to conduct independent scientific work.
  • Experience in programming, simulation, and/or modelling experience is highly advantageous for some of our projects.
What can we offer you?

4-year contract

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year


Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2325 per month in the first year to € 2972 in the fourth year

Graduate School

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills

Secondary benefits

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Application deadline


Summer call

Winter call

Application deadline

1 June

1 November

Letter selection

First week of June

First week of November

1st Interview round

2nd + 3rd week of June

2nd + 3rd week of November

2nd Interview round

First week of July

First week of December

Start successful candidates

1 September or later

1 February or later

How to apply?

To apply for a PhD position, please send an e-mail to with the following information in English (pdf format only).

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • BSc and MSc grades



| TU Delft | PhD position | Imaging Physics | Lensless imaging | Super-resolution microscopy | MRI scanning | Space optics | Ultrasound | Correlative microscopy | Brain imaging | Seismic imaging | Electron beam imaging | Scatterometry |

Photo Delft by Micheile Henderson.