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 improving imaging technology. We are seeking candidates for STROBE Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellows. Over the last ten years, seven of our group alumni have become faculty members in some major universities in the world including Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA. In addition, eight of them have become staff scientist in large international laboratories and companies such as European XFEL, AT&T, Amazon, Philips Research and Carl ZEISS.

STROBE Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The STROBE Postdoctoral Fellow will be leading the coherent diffractive imaging (CDI) and/or atomic electron tomography (AET) projects. He or She will have the opportunity to use 3rd generation synchrotrons, X-ray free electron lasers and state-of-the-art electron microscopes. Experience in CDI, computational methods, phase retrieval, X-ray imaging, materials preparation and characterization or S/TEM is preferred, but candidates with a strong background in other areas will also be 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