Biophotonics Postdoctoral Fellow

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    International Centre for Translational Eye Research / Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    EngineeringPrecision engineering
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    15/02/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Warsaw
    MCBO 27/2020


The International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) is a multi-investigator centre for eye research related to imaging and biochemical techniques to support advances in understanding the aetiology and treatment and human blinding diseases. Further information on the research priorities and current expertise of our Centre can be found at http://www.icter.pl.

Within ICTER, the IR. Laboratory, led by Dr Curatolo, seeks to develop a novel platform for intraoperative ophthalmic image guidance of robotic-aided treatments to fulfil unmet surgical needs in minimally invasive surgery on the eye (anterior and posterior pole) and subretinal delivery of novel gene and cell therapies. On the other hand, IR. seeks to build the first platform for optoretinography in small animals to enable sight-restoring (pharmacological) treatment efficacy monitoring on an unprecedented level. For more information on the projects, please mail Dr Curatolo at andrea.curatolo@ichf.edu.pl

The IR. Laboratory seeks a Biophotonics postdoctoral researcher with extensive experience in optical system design and translational bench-to-bedside biomedical instrumentation development, preferably in advanced optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems and applications in ophthalmology. In addition, practical skills in software prototyping and data/image processing and analysis algorithm development using LabView, MATLAB, Python are required. Prior experience in real-time systems, automatic control, mechatronics and robotics is a plus.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will have a direct impact on lab development and its success by building novel surgical ophthalmic microscope-integrated closed-loop OCT system and tools and aiding the design and development of a Full-field Fourier-domain OCT platform for live small animal retinal imaging.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts in optics, imaging, instrumentation and software engineering, and collaborators in biochemistry of vision, ophthalmology, and surgery. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to engage in the appropriate range of academic activities, including among others: project planning, management and carrying out research, publication in high impact factor science and technology journals and conference attendance, active collaboration, contribution to grant proposals, PhD and other student supervision, and intellectual property protection, commercialisation and outreach activities, as appropriate.

The program will leverage on outstanding existing resources at the Polish Academy of Sciences and University College London led by the advisory group that include top leaders in European vision research.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Working as a full-time researcher at the ICTER under the supervision of Dr Curatolo
  2. Contributing in a major way to R&D connected to the IR. research projects agenda, including:
    • designing and building novel surgical ophthalmic microscope-integrated closed-loop OCT system and tools in a platform for intraoperative ophthalmic image guidance of robotic-aided treatments
    • designing and developing a Full-field Fourier-domain OCT system for live small animal retinal imaging as part of the first platform for optoretinography for pharmacologic treatment monitoring
  3. Participating in other research projects undertaken within the lab
  4. Designing and building optical hardware setups, in a lab's setting or for deployment in preclinical or clinical settings
  5. Collaborating with other team members, and liaising with the software developer
  6. Assisting in acquiring experimental results in a laboratory or preclinical/clinical setting
  7. Develop methods to process and analyse the collected data
  8. Conducting high-quality, high-impact research in biophotonics and biomedical optical engineering, publishing results in peer-reviewed journals and presenting the results at conferences and elsewhere, as appropriate
  9. Presenting research activities and results in reports, presentations, research publications, and to other
  10. Assisting in the supervision of PhD, Msc and students

More Information


  1. Full-time employment contract
  2. Opportunity to work in an innovative scientific environment
  3. International cooperation with experienced researchers
  4. Competitive salary
  5. Access to well-staffed core facilities



Eligibility criteria

  1. Creativity measured by the quality and number of scientific publications in which the candidate is the first author, corresponding author or a significant author and patent applications/patents
  2. Documented work experience in biophotonics research and development
  3. Documented work experience in optical and optomechanical system design
  4. Documented work experience in ophthalmic applications
  5. Presented opinions via reference letters
  6. Mobility in his/her scientific career (geographical mobility, progression in the scientific profile, internships and work in industry)


Selection process

  1. Self-test: Please read these two publications (1, 2) and ask yourself: given reasonable time and resources, could I rebuild, adapt or improve on either design and construction of those two systems? If the answer is yes, then proceed to the next step.
  2. CV & Cover letter
  3. List and brief description of the research projects where the candidate was the PI or the main researcher 
  4. At least one recommendation letter and name and email of 2 additional referees
  5. Scanned copy PhD degree certificate

Additional comments

  1. List of publications (5 most important publications of the last 5 years)
  2. The number of citations of publications without self-citations, the h-index

Offer Requirements

    Engineering: PhD or equivalent
    Computer science: PhD or equivalent
    Technology: PhD or equivalent
    Physics: PhD or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


  1. Holds a PhD in engineering, physics, computer science, or related (obtained not earlier than 1 January 2016);

Specific Requirements

  1. Solid background knowledge and documented hands-on experience (3+ years) in:
    • OCT or confocal/non-linear microscopy
    • Optical and optomechanical system design (e.g. Zemax, Solidworks)
  2. And at least one of the following:
    • Stereo microscope design
    • Micro-optics fabrication and probes
    • Practical optical system and device construction and testing
    • 3D/4D image acquisition, processing and visualization (e.g. with LabView, MATLAB, Python
    • Real-time instrumentation control (e.g. with LabView). 
  3. High motivation for bench-to-bedside translational projects, analytical skills, and independent thinking
  4. Good interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team, collaborative attitude
  5. A proactive approach to problem solving, achieving tasks and objectives in a timely manner

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
ICTER - International Center for Translational Eye Research
Skierniewicka 10A

EURAXESS offer ID: 587382


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