Join Our Team

The OCIL is located at the BC Cancer Research Institute (BCCRI), 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.

MASc and PhD Studentships

The Optical Cancer Imaging Lab (OCIL) at the British Columbia Cancer Research Institute (BCCRI) in Vancouver, Canada, has openings for MASc and PhD students.

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.

Students 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.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter that expresses their research interests and curriculum vitae to Dr. Pierre Lane (

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

We are seeking a qualified individual to lead a funded research project to develop image-guided biopsy tools for the lung. Primary responsibilities include:

  • design, development, and validation of catheters for image-guided biopsy
  • development of combined OCT and fluorescence systems
  • ex vivo and in vivo studies
  • pilot study design and execution
  • publication of scientific results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals

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

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter that expresses their research interests, curriculum vitae, and two references to Rebecca White ( with “OCT PDF” in the subject line.