A specialist in fiber optic components is sought to support the development of micro-optical devices to support research projects in neurophotonics, optogenetics, imaging and neurosurgery. The position is full time and is not related to a masters or doctoral project. The candidate will be based primarily at facilities of photonics Pavilion (on the campus of Laval University), but sometimes will travel to the center of Neurophotonics CRIUSMQ and Douglas Institute at McGill. His or her task will include manufacture of microdevices based on optical fibers, use a fusion splicer, use a CO2 laser or a polishing system for cutting, co-ordinate thin film deposition with staff COPL and finally put everything together into useful devices for research. The candidate has:
- optical engineering or technical training (physical, electrical or equivalent)
- practical expertise in manufacturing fiber optic devices (coupler, connector, splices) and optical characterization
- an alert mind to improve device production protocols and propose solutions
- the ability to produce large quantities of micro-optical devices to meet the needs of different research groups involved.
- the ability to deliver within deadlines as demonstrated by past experience
- the ability to be a team player
- interest in the biomedical application of optical technologies.
- good writing skills in English an asset
The salary will be dictated by the training and proficiency. Send your CV and cover letter to email@example.com and Daniel.Cote@crulrg.ulaval.ca.
100% of people surveyed at the defence concluded that “Erik Bélanger, Ph.D.” sounds good. Congratulations to the first Ph.D student out of the Côté lab.
An article in Le Journal Le Soleil (in french) describing how optical fibers can change neurosurgery, highlighting our project on Optical Probe for Functional Neurosurgery.
Congratulations to Soon-to-be Doctor Erik Bélanger who received one of the 20 Canadian post-doctoral Fellowships by MS Canada. He will be joining Prof. Yves De Koninck’s laboratory to continue his work in the field of Multiple Sclerosis Research.
You can read the official announcement here.
Another new member in the group: Dr Pierre Gravel. Pierre comes with a broad experience in imaging from astrophysics (University of Toronto) and biomedical imaging (Montreal). He also worked at Mathworks on MATLAB where he was an image and signal analysis specialist. He is joining the group to work on Early Cellular Biomarkers of Multiple Sclerosis and devise strategies for automatic lesion identification.
Striatum of a mouse, imaged with coherent Raman imaging. Green: myelin, Red: fiber bundles.
Erik Bélanger is hard at work with Cyril Bories on a project to characterize the limits of our myelin imaging technique (CARS). With a new animal model of local demyelination, samples of the corpus callosum (the highly myelinated part of the brain that connects the two hemispheres) or the striatum are imaged and the myelin thickness will be characterized.
We are hiring. We have a need for students (M. Sc and Ph.D.) and post-docts (all levels) in the group with an excellent knowledge of fibre-based devices in the laboratory. We are looking for people who generally “like to build things” for two projects: Neurosurgical Guidance with Optical Fibers (Messaddeq, Galstian, Parent, Cantin, Prudhomme, Côté) and New technologies for pharmaceutical targets in chronic pain (Y. De Koninck, Adamantidis, Vallée, Côté). Requirements for the position:
- Excellent practical knowledge of fibres (e.g., fiber coupling, fiber splicing, connectors and selection criteria).
- Knowledge and interest in detection and data acquisition (photodetectors in general but PMTs and photodiodes (avalanche or not) in particular).
- Knowledge of MATLAB (data acquisition toolbox).
- Excellent technical knowledge of linear and nonlinear optics.
- Very good working knowledge of lasers and other light sources.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Being resourceful and interested in neuroscience.
- Must have an interest in working on clinical and pre-clinical projects.
Send your CVs to Daniel.Cote@crulrg.ulaval.ca
The 7th edition of our ‘Frontiers in Neurophotonics’ summer school that will take place in beautiful Québec city from May 28 – June 7, 2013 is open for application. Please note that there is a limited number of places, and that the deadline to apply has been set to March 1st.
Feedback from past editions of the school can be consulted on the web site.
Many thanks in advance for your cooperation for spreading the news to your contacts that might be interested in this summer school.
We are pleased to welcome a new member in the group and in the Ph.D. program in Biophotonics, Mr Cléophace Akitegetse (Ing., M.Sc.). Cléo comes from Obzerv where he was an image analysis specialist and an embedded systems programmer.
The new optical fiber as it is being prepared at the Optics Facilities.
The NSERC- and CIHR-funded project on probes for deep brain neurosurgery is moving along nicely, with the first iteration of the novel fibre design completed and on its way to the lab for testing. The fibres and optical components for this project are the product of a collaboration between the Canada Excellence Research Chair Prof. Younès Messaddeq, Prof. Tigran Galstian, and Prof. Daniel Côté at the Université Laval COPL group.