Remote oxygenation monitoring of tissue - ON-615

Project type: Research
Desired discipline(s): Engineering - biomedical, Engineering, Engineering - computer / electrical
Company: Institut National d'Optique (INO)
Project Length: Longer than 1 year
Preferred start date: 03/01/2022
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Toronto, ON, Canada; Canada
No. of positions: 1
Desired education level: Postdoctoral fellow
Open to applicants registered at an institution outside of Canada: No

About the company: 

INO is the largest centre of expertise in optics and photonics in Canada and is among the best technological research centres in the world. For the past 30 years, it has created and developed innovative and valuable solutions to meet the needs of businesses in Quebec and throughout Canada.

A world leader in high technology, INO has implemented more than 6,500 solutions, carried out 75 technology transfers, and contributed to the creation of 35 new companies, which provide jobs to more than 2,000 people.

Through multiple light applications, from laser and fiber optics technologies to imaging systems, INO controls light to capture, identify, predict, decide or transform the real world.

Its innovative solutions support Canadian businesses in several key industries through four business units: Biomedtech; Defense, Security, and Aerospace; Sustainable Resources, Agriculture and Infrastructures; and Advanced Manufacturing.

Describe the project.: 

The Levi lab at the University of Toronto (UofT) and the Institut National d'Optique (INO) are seeking highly motivated applicants interested in a Postdoctoral Fellow position to conduct research in Biophotonics, developing a remote tissue oxygenation system. The project is supported through the Mitacs Accelerate fellowship program.

Remote evaluation of vital signs enables continuous patient screening and frequent evaluation of health conditions in a clinic or at home, overcoming the frequent tethering to wired sensors, and movement-related errors. We have demonstrated remote monitoring of heart rate and respiratory rate, in stationary and moving human subjects, as well as optimized miniature optical system and light sources for fast readout of oxygenation changes in rodent brains. In this project the Postdoctoral Fellow will simulate, develop and evaluate compact imaging systems for remote evaluation of tissue oxygenation and will work with others in the lab and with Institut National d'Optique (INO) to relate this to patient health outcomes. The fellow will be interested in developing research questions and optimizing sensing techniques tailored to the study aims. New approaches and ideas are encouraged, as are independent projects that dovetail with current studies.

The position requires working closely with Prof. Ofer Levi at the University of Toronto and INO.

Required expertise/skills: 

  • PhD received within the last 5 years or graduating PhD candidate in Physics, Electrical engineering, Biomedical engineering, or related discipline, with a focus on Photonics tools and techniques
  • Research experience in optical imaging systems design and evaluation
  • Strong record of presenting research results through publications and scientific meetings
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to work in a dynamic interdisciplinary team environment
  • Advanced knowledge of applications of optical sensing and imaging in biomedical studies
  • Working knowledge of optical imaging and illumination software: CodeV, LightTools, ASAP, Zemax
  • Experience with modeling light-tissue interactions
  • Working knowledge of using miniature III-V light sources: LEDs, VCSELs
  • Working knowledge of using scientific cameras and optical microscopes.
  • Working knowledge of quantitative image analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly