02/12/2020

Senior posdoc position in microfluidics, cell sorting, automation

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryPhysical chemistry
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    EngineeringMicroengineering
    PhysicsBiophysics
    PhysicsElectronics
    PhysicsOptics
    TechnologyBiotechnology
    TechnologyFuture technology
    TechnologyMedical technology
    TechnologyMicro-technology
    TechnologyNanotechnology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    25/02/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Poland › Warszawa
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    32
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    15/03/2021

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Laboratory of Microfluidics and Complex Fluids at the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS Warsaw (Head of the lab: prof. Piotr Garstecki) is offering

Postdoctoral position

for an experienced researcher (6-9 years after PhD) within the Foundation for Polish Science TEAM-NET Project No. POIR.04.04.00-00-16ED/18 entitled “RApID - Label-free and rapid optical imaging, detection and sorting of leukemia cells” (RApID - Platforma do szybkiego bezznacznikowego obrazowania, identyfikacji i sortowania podtypów komórek białaczkowych).

Description and objective:

The primary objective of the project is to develop the first Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) microscopic-microfluidic system for non-invasive imaging of live cells and apply it to rapid leukemia cell imaging, diagnostics, sorting and assessment of chemosensitivity in vitro. Multidisciplinary teams of experts establishing the consortium will characterize Raman spectra of leukemic cells and link them to biological features of the disease. These data will be thereafter used to design and construct, microfluidic-based diagnostic device utilizing SRS microscopy which will allow for quick and reliable differentiation between different types of leukemia cells providing clinicians with quantitative information crucial to make proper decisions during the course of the treatment. The envisaged microfluidic-SRS instrument will fill the gap in the current diagnostic methodology of leukemia, accelerate diagnostics and decrease its cost. Moreover the developed methodology will open new areas of application in leukemia research.

We are looking for a highly motivated researchers with strong background in microfluidics, microengineering or similar, ideally also with experience in cell manipulation or in development of microfluidic-based diagnostic tools. The successful candidate will join a multinational and interdisciplinary team of scientists and will be responsible for designing and constructing an innovative microfluidic systems for manipulation and sorting of leukemia cells. Key responsibilities include the development of an automated trap-and-release system as a central module for cell manipulation and signal acquisition and/or a cell sorter to isolate positively identified cells based on their Raman signal. Additionally the candidate will closely cooperate with the PhD students participating in the project, providing transfer of know-how and knowledge.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a microfluidic cell sorter for isolation of selected leukemia cells based on their Raman signal, optimize the system for increased sensitivity and selectivity and automatize the setup for high throughput.
  • Cooperate with the younger members of the team providing them support in the development and integration of the other microfluidic modules (modules for manipulation of single cells in microchannels preferentially by optical tweezers, surface acoustic waves or hydrodynamic traps).
  • Develop fabrication protocols for Raman-compatible microfluidic devices
  • Data analysis, writing reports and scientific publications
  • Cooperation with researchers, including communication with English-speaking colleagues
  • Support, supervision and mentoring of PhD students

Requirements

  • PhD in physics, engineering, chemistry, biotechnology or similar with a minimum of 6 years and a maximum of 9 years after obtaining PhD title
  • Solid knowledge and hands-on experience with experimental microfluidic systems (ideally experience with development of microfluidic systems for applications in microbiology)
  • Hands-on experience with photolithography and/or other microfabrication techniques
  • Additional experience in one or more of the following fields is preferential: optics, optofluidics, Raman Spectroscopy, microbiology, automation, programming
  • Creativity and enthusiasm measured by the quality and number of projects, internships, authorship in peer-reviewed publications and patents in which the Candidate participated and contributed
  • Analytical thinking and critical problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communications, organization and time management skills
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural research team
  • Experience in supervision and mentoring of MSc and PhD students

 

More Information

Benefits

We offer:

  • Employment contract including health and social insurance with a monthly salary of ca. 7000 PLN netto. The position is financed by the Foundation for Polish Science Team-NET project No. POIR.04.04.00-00-16ED/18 and is scheduled to last 32 months.
  • Work in the outstanding scientific institution in the dynamic research group with members representing diverse interests and qualifications – see details on the website: https://ichf.edu.pl/en/groups/microfluidics-and-complex-fluids-research-group
  • Possibility to collaborate with research groups engaged in the project (University of Warsaw, Medical University of Lodz, Institute of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, Jagiellonian University)
  • Engagement in an ambitious research program and possibility to build the academic career
  • Participation in international conferences and Erasmus+ projects

Eligibility criteria

  • PhD in physics, engineering, chemistry, biotechnology or similar obtained not earlier than 6 years and later than 9 years prior to starting in the project

Selection process

How to apply

  • Send an application directly to rekrutacja@ichf.edu.pl with email title “ICHF 073-2020” (very important!). The application should contain the following documents:
    • Scientific curriculum vitae including a list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, scholarships, conference presentations, awards, etc.)
    • Motivation letter
    • A summary of professional accomplishments (not exceeding 3500 characters), containing concise information about scientific interests, past achievements pointing out the three most important ones, participation in and running research projects and the candidate's own research plans
    • Citation report (from Web of Science Core Collection) including the number of publication, number of citation without self-citation, h-index of the Candidate and the number of years worked effectively in science (after deduction of breaks)
    • Two recommendation letters
    • A scan or photocopy of the candidate's university degree
    • A scan or photocopy of the candidate's PhD degree
    • Information about any breaks in performing research work, e.g. maternity leave, internship in industry, etc. When assessing the achievements of the candidate the Competition Committee shall take into account breaks in research and shall convert the candidate's indicated achievements into effective years of scientific work.

Evaluation of the candidates:

  • A recruitment commission for evaluation of the candidates will be established (consisting of 3 researchers and specialists in the field).
  • The commission evaluates applications on a point scale. The position will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest number of points.
  • The evaluation will be in two steps: first the submitted documents will be evaluated. Next, the top candidates will be invited of an interview.
  • The commission will take into account the following criteria: competences of candidates for specific tasks in a research project, previous scientific achievements of candidates, awards and distinctions of the candidate resulting from the conducted research
  • The results of the competition are made public
  • The competition can be cancelled without a notice

Additional comments

Additional comments

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

  • PhD in physics, engineering, chemistry, biotechnology or similar with a minimum of 6 years and a maximum of 9 years after obtaining PhD title
  • Solid knowledge and hands-on experience with experimental microfluidic systems (ideally experience with development of microfluidic systems for applications in microbiology)
  • Hands-on experience with photolithography and/or other microfabrication techniques
  • Additional experience in one or more of the following fields is preferential: optics, optofluidics, Raman Spectroscopy, microbiology, automation, programming
  • Creativity and enthusiasm measured by the quality and number of projects, internships, authorship in peer-reviewed publications and patents in which the Candidate participated and contributed
  • Analytical thinking and critical problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communications, organization and time management skills
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural research team
  • Experience in supervision and mentoring of MSc and PhD students

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
Poland
Warszawa
01-224
Marcina Kasprzaka 44/52

EURAXESS offer ID: 582931

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