Postdoctoral position: 3D microwave tomography imaging

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Postdoctoral position: 3D microwave tomography imaging

Job Description

Reference: POSTDOC27
Location: Mölndal, Sweden
Salary: Competitive + excellent benefits (£k - £k for search optimisation only)

The next generation of medicines.
How will you take them even further?

At AstraZeneca, we’re constantly striving to make new discoveries. Discoveries that will make a meaningful difference to health globally. We already have an exceptional product pipeline, and everyone here has a part to play in making sure that pipeline fulfils its potential. This is your opportunity to join them – and to fulfil your own.

We have an exciting opportunity for a post-doc scientist to embark on a research project in the area of microwave tomography for pharmaceutical applications. Novel microwave tomography can provide 2D and 3D imaging in real-time of physical properties of materials. Your work will expand those unique capabilities into applications in advanced control of pharmaceutical processing, design of advanced drug delivery systems and medical devices, building on previous collaborations between AstraZeneca and European universities.

You’ll explore and build upon on-going research, focusing on the application of the microwave tomography method in the manufacturing of pharmaceutics and medical devices. You’ll perform theoretical and experimental development of the microwave tomography theory, signal processing algorithms and the antenna/hardware interface. You’ll also work experimentally on the demonstration of the method capability for advanced control of processing and automation. The latter will be a major scientific breakthrough able to generate value and broad scientific recognition, in and outside the pharmaceutical industry.

Your novel research results will be communicated externally through publications and scientific conferences. You’ll work with scientists across different disciplines and apply the unique microwave measurement technology to modern pharmaceutical drug and product development.

Your major responsibilities
• Design and conduct theoretical and experimental activities to explore and develop the on-going research and demonstrate the application of the microwave tomography method in real processing situations
• Theoretical and experimental development for demonstration of the microwave tomography capability for advanced control of processing and automation
• Collaborate with AstraZeneca scientists and external experts
• Publish scientific papers and attend conferences to communicate novel findings to the research community

Minimum experience
A PhD in one of the following areas:
• Electromagnetic theory, remote sensing
• Microwave, electrical engineering

Preferred experience/requirements
• Ability to design and carry out research independently
• Deep knowledge and experience in microwave and antenna theory and applications
• Extensive experience with simulations and measurements using microwaves
• Understanding of the microwave propagation and interaction with matter
• Experience working with process monitoring and control can be an advantage
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work effectively with colleagues and initiate cross-functional collaboration

AstraZeneca – Health Connects Us All

As one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, our business is focused on providing innovative, effective medicines that make a real difference in important areas of healthcare. What’s more, we support and encourage our people in discovering their own potential. Excellent learning and development opportunities will be available to you throughout your career here.

AstraZeneca welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Deadline: April 29th 2013

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Neil Epstein PhD

Neil Epstein PhD
Warrne RI, USA

As I published clinical research engineer with a PhD in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College (Hanover NH, USA), I am writing in regards to the POSTDOC27 position. My research and thesis describe the construction and optimization of a 3D microwave tomography system currently in clinical trials for breast cancer applications. I have conducted more than 40 clinical breast exams, and have experience creating and optimizing inversion techniques for image reconstruction. Additionally, I have a pending patent for the use of charged gold nanoparticles as image contrast agents, which has great promise to translate to clinical application. Experienced in multi-modal imaging, I have worked on creating a combined microwave-MRI system. By using this multimodal system, MRI spatial data can be used to guide the reconstruction of the microwave image. Additionally, the diagnostic information from the microwave image can be utilized as an adjunct to the MRI image, replace the need for contrast agents. I'm experienced with both hardware and software regarding microwave imaging system development and image reconstruction. During my PhD studies I have worked with Dr. Paul Meaney of Dartmouth College (Hanover NH USA) and Dr. Mikael Persson of Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg Sweden). I would very much like to discuss this exciting opportunity with you. Attached is a recent CV; I am currently working on two additional papers and a recent accepted submission "Microwave Open-Ended Coaxial Dielectric Probe: Interpretation of the Sensing Volume Re-Visited" to be published in BMC Cancer. Feel free to contact me by phone at 315.935.9632 or email at eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%6e%65%69%6c%2e%72%2e%65%70%73%74%65%69%6e%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%6e%65%69%6c%2e%72%2e%65%70%73%74%65%69%6e%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')).

Neil Epstein PhD