Prof. John Miao currently serves as the Deputy Director for the $24M NSF Science and Technology Center on Real-Time Functional Imaging, known as STROBE which aims to tackle major scientific challenges by developing novel imaging methodologies. We are seeking candidates for STROBE Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellows. Over the last ten years, nine of our group alumni have become faculty members in some major universities in the world including Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA. In addition, ten of them have become staff scientists in large international laboratories and companies such as European XFEL, AT&T, Amazon, Philips Research, Zoom and Carl ZEISS.

STROBE Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The University of California at Los Angeles and the STROBE NSF Science & Technology Center are seeking candidates for a SROBE Postdoctoral Fellow to work in atomic electron tomography (AET), coherent diffractive imaging (CDI) and/or ptychography. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art electron microscopes and/or coherent X-ray sources to study quantum, energy, disordered, and/or biological materials. Experience in S/TEM, CDI / ptychography, computational methods, phase retrieval, X-ray/electron imaging/diffraction or material characterization is preferred, but candidates with a strong background in other areas will be equally considered. Applicants should send a CV and a list of publications to Prof. John Miao (

STROBE Graduate Fellow Position

The STROBE funded Graduate Fellow will use AET to study the physical properties of materials at the single-atom level. We have recently successfully addressed Richard Feynman's 1959 challenge - determining the 3D coordinates of individual atoms in materials with high precision [Nature 542, 75-79 (2017); Science 353, aaf2157 (2016)]. Our next step is to go beyond Feynman - probing the dynamics of individual atoms and defects in materials by combining advanced electron microscopes and powerful computational algorithms. Our second goal is to push the frontiers of CDI at the space-time limit (i.e. nanometer resolution on femtosecond time scales) using X-ray free electron lasers and high harmonic generation sources. If you are interested in these research frontiers, please contact Prof. John Miao at