Join Our Team

The OCIL is located at the BC Cancer Research Center (BCCRC), midway between Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC), in the city of Vancouver, BC.

Would you like to work at the interface between engineering and medicine? We are accepting applications for the academic training positions listed below.

PhD Studentship

The Optical Cancer Imaging Lab (OCIL) at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA) in Vancouver, Canada, has an opening for a PhD student (September 2018 start). The OCIL develops and validates non-invasive high-resolution optical tools for the early detection and management of cancer. Our research includes all aspects of optical imaging and spectroscopy for the in vivo, ex vivo, and in silica evaluation of tissues from different organ sites including lung, cervix, oral cavity, skin and colon. Further information is available online (http://www.biophotonics.bccrc.ca).

We are seeking a qualified individual to work on a mutually beneficial project related to the funded research program at the OCIL. Our research program involves the development of hardware and software tools for in vivo (endoscopic) optical coherence tomography (OCT) and autofluorescence imaging (AFI) for the early detection of cancer and other pathologies. Further, our group is developing algorithms for feature extraction, segmentation and classification of the OCT-AFI images.

The ideal candidate will already have a Master’s Degree in biomedical, electrical and computer, or optical engineering, biological or physical sciences, or a related field. Candidates should have a solid understanding of at least two of the following subjects: biomedical optics, fiber-optics, micro-optics, image processing, device fabrication. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience with OCT, in vitro microscopy, or other medical imaging modalities. Familiarity with MATLAB is essential and experience with C/C++ or statistical software such as R is very desirable. Excellent communication skills and proficient English language skills are required.

The candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, cancer biologists, chemists, and optical engineers. Successful candidates will be expected to work effectively and independently while assisting undergraduate students.  This studentship offers significant opportunity for interaction in a multidisciplinary environment at the interface between biomedical optics and clinical practice. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven track record in biomedical research.

The BC Cancer Research Center (BCCRC), home to the OCIL, is located midway between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU). Trainees may choose to apply to either degree-granting institution – the Biomedical Engineering Program at UBC or the School of Engineering Science at SFU – and complete their research work at the BCCRC.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter that expresses their research interests, curriculum vitae, and two references to Dr. Pierre Lane (plane@bccrc.ca).

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Optical Cancer Imaging Lab (OCIL) at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA) in Vancouver, Canada, has an opening for a Post-Doctoral Fellow (January 2018 start). The OCIL develops and validates non-invasive high-resolution optical tools for the early detection and management of cancer. Our research includes all aspects of optical imaging and spectroscopy for the in vivo, ex vivo, and in silica evaluation of tissues from different organ sites including lung, cervix, oral cavity, skin and colon. Further information is available online (http://www.biophotonics.bccrc.ca).

We are seeking a qualified individual to lead mutually beneficial projects related to current research program at the OCIL. In particular, we are seeking a qualified individual to work on projects recently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). These projects involve the development of imaging tools for dual-mode imaging by optical coherence tomography (OCT) and autofluorescence imaging (AFI) for the early detection of cancer and other pathologies in the female reproductive tract.

Primary responsibilities include the design and development of combined OCT-AFI systems; design and fabrication of OCT-AFI catheters; ex vivo and in vivo human studies; pilot study design and execution; and the publication of scientific results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research group including biomedical engineers, imaging scientists, and clinicians.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in biomedical/electrical/optical engineering, biological or physical sciences, or a related field. The candidate should have hands-on experience in OCT, vital microscopy, or medical imaging, and a solid understanding of at least two of the following: biomedical optics, fiber-optics, dual-clad fibers and/or photonic crystal fibers, micro-optics, image processing, catheter fabrication. Familiarity with MATLAB is essential and experience with C/C++ or statistical software such as R is very desirable. Excellent communication skills and proficient English language skills are required.

The candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team of physicians, cancer biologists, chemists, and optical engineers. The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively and independently while assisting MASc and PhD candidates in our laboratory.  This position offers significant opportunity for interaction in a multidisciplinary environment at the interface between biomedical optics and clinical practice. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven track record in biomedical research and candidates should have more than a casual interest in publishing.

This is a one-year term position, with the possibility of extension for a second year, based on performance and funding sources.

The BC Cancer Research Center (BCCRC), home to the OCIL, is located midway between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU). An academic cross-appointment with one of these institutions is also possible.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter that expresses their research interests, curriculum vitae, and two references to Dr. Pierre Lane (plane@bccrc.ca).