Biophotonics PhD Student

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    International Centre for Translational Eye Research / Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    EngineeringSystems engineering
    TechnologyInstrumentation technology
    TechnologyMedical technology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/02/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Warsaw
    MCBO 32/2020


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 animal imaging to enable sight-restoring (pharmacologic) 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 two PhD candidates with experience in optical system design, construction, and testing. In addition, practical skills in software prototyping and data/image processing and analysis algorithm development using LabView, MATLAB, Python are a definite plus. Prior experience in optical coherence tomography (OCT), real-time systems, automatic control, mechatronics and robotics is also a plus.

The PhD candidates will have a direct impact on lab development and its success by designing and testing intraocular OCT-compatible surgical tools; constructing and testing a novel surgical ophthalmic microscope-integrated OCT system; and aiding the design and development of a Full-field Fourier-domain OCT platform for live small animal retinal imaging.

The PhD candidates will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts in optics, imaging, instrumentation, and software engineering, under the direct supervision of two senior group members and the group leader and collaborators in biochemistry of vision, ophthalmology, and surgery. The PhD candidates are expected to engage in the appropriate range of academic activities, including among others: carrying out research as planned and/or directed, project reporting, publication in high impact factor science and technology journals, conference attendance, active collaboration, intellectual property protection, 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 International Centre for Translational Eye Research, under the supervision of Dr Curatolo and one senior IR. member
  2. Contributing to research and development connected to the IR. research projects agenda, including:
    • designing and testing intraocular OCT-compatible surgical tools, and
    • constructing and testing a novel surgical ophthalmic microscope-integrated OCT system in a platform for intraoperative ophthalmic image guidance of robotic-aided treatments
    • developing and testing a Full-field Fourier-domain OCT system for live small animal retinal imaging, and
    • operating (acquiring and processing data) it as part of the first platform for optoretinography for investigating the retinal phototransduction process
  3. Participating in other research projects undertaken within the lab as appropriate and as agreed
  4. Designing and building optical hardware setups, in a laboratory setting or for deployment in preclinical or clinical settings
  5. Collaborating closely with other team members
  6. 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 team, laboratory, centre or institute members, visitors, peers and potential sponsors
  10. Assisting in the supervision of master’s and undergraduate students, if required
  11. Performing other duties as directed


More Information


  1. Full-time employment contract with competitive salary
  2. Opportunity to work in an innovative scientific environment
  3. Professional training with excellent international researchers
  4. Access to well-staffed core facilities
  5. Opportunity to interact with other PhD students and peers

Eligibility criteria

  1. Documented professional experience fitting the profile requirements
  2. Presented opinions via reference letters
  3. Creativity measured by the quality and number of scientific publications in which the candidate is an author and patent applications/patents, if applicable
  4. Additional relevant courses or certificates
  5. Mobility in his/her scientific career (geographical mobility, internships and work in industry)

Selection process

    1. Self-test: Please read these two publications (1, 2) and ask yourself: do I understand what those systems are trying to achieve? Would I be able to replicate and adjust subcomponents design in either optical ray tracing or 3D CAD programs? Would I feel ready to mount, align and test those systems or parts of them? Could I help program, acquire and process data with either system? If the answer is yes, then proceed to the next step.
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Cover/motivation letter
    4. List and brief description of the research projects where the candidate played an active role (it should contain the major deliverable of the project implementation and a description of the candidate’s role and active contribution to it);
    5. Names and emails, work relationship and current position of 2 work references
    6. Scanned copy of the candidate's Master’s degree certificate (with final grade, if applicable) and current PhD enrolment status documents (if applicable)

Additional comments

List of publications, if applicable

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent


A Master’s degree in engineering, physics, or related fields

Specific Requirements

  1. Background knowledge and documented hands-on experience in at least two of the following:
    1. Optical and optomechanical system design (e.g. Zemax, Solidworks)
    2. Micro-optics fabrication and probes
    3. Practical optical system and device construction and testing
    4. Image acquisition, processing and visualization (e.g. with LabView, MATLAB, Python)
    5. OCT, interferometry/holography, Fourier optics
  2. Eligibility for PhD studies in Poland with current environment, or acceptance of carrying out PhD studies as an external candidate.
  3. High motivation, 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)
2 position(s) available at
ICTER - International Center for Translational Eye Research
Skierniewicka 10A

EURAXESS offer ID: 588857


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