PhD student in Optics, Biophysics (MCBO-2_1/2024)

ICTER is looking for candidates with a Master’s degree experience in physics, optics and photonics, and biomedical engineering data analysis. Candidates should be interested in translational research and the development of new therapies to cure blindness or other diseases.

The PhD scholar will have a direct impact on lab development and its success in publishing in high-impact factor journals. The person will also be responsible for performing dynamic research to create a competitive research group. The position will be assigned to the Optical Imaging Group led by Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski, focused on developing new imaging techniques aiming at achieving speckle-less imaging based on full-field swept-source optical coherence tomography for diagnosis, screening and monitoring of blinding eye diseases.

Number of job offers: 1

Remuneration: 7 700 PLN gross/month.

Position starts on: 01.07.2024 (and onwards, depending on the applicant’s availability).

Maximum period of contract/stipend agreement: 30.06.2025 (with a possibility of extension not longer than 31.12.2028).

Institution: International Centre for Translational Eye Research (Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences), Warsaw, Poland.

Project leader: Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski.
Group Leader: Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski.

Project title:
International Centre for Translational Eye Research.

The „International Centre for Translational Eye Research” project is carried out within the MAB FENG action 02.01. of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund, European Funds for Smart Economy, agreement no. FENG.02.01-IP.05-T005/23. It is a collaboration between the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS and University College London, UK.

Project description: The International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) is a multi-investigator center for eye research as related to imaging and biochemical techniques to support advances in understanding the etiology and treatment of human blinding diseases. The new research agenda (carried under International Research Agenda project no. FENG.02.01-IP.05-T005/23) aims to develop new tools for safer and more effective surgical interventions, new therapies for eye diseases, and diagnostic methods to improve prognosis and restore vision. The main technology to be developed under this program will be a novel robotic system for delivering drugs to the eye and performing a tissue biopsy, in which a robotic system will assist in the micromanipulation of the injection device with 3-D localized imaging.

Further information on the research priorities and current expertise of our Center can be found at http://www.icter.pl.

Key responsabilities include:

  1. Development of measurement procedures for two-photon vision investigation
  2. Advancement of two-photon vision laboratory system
  3. Performing measurements with human subjects
  4. Statistical analysis of data
  5. Writing publications and reports
  6. Active participation in conferences.

Profile of candidates/requirements:

  1. MSc diploma in physics, photonics, engineering, optometry or similar field.
  2. PhD student
  3. Knowledge of the structure and function of the human eye
  4. Experience in ophthalmic examination and laboratory measurements with humans
  5. Experience in experimental work in the field of optics and psychophysics
  6. Excellent communication and organizational skills
  7. Analytical and critical problem-solving skills mindset
  8. Proficiency in English, both spoken and written.

Required documents:

  1. CV (including a list of projects/publications)
  2. Cover letter
  3. Copy of MSc diploma (or equivalent)
  4. Confirmation of attendance at a PhD school or, in other cases, a declaration of commitment to work towards doing external PhD studies

Key evaluation criteria:

  1. Documented work experience in eye research
  2. Competencies of the candidate with respect to specific tasks in a research project
  3. Previous educational/scientific achievements of the candidate
  4. Awards and distinctions of the candidate

We offer:

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

How to apply:

Please submit the listed documents to: icter_jobs@ichf.edu.pl.
Kindly specify in the application topic: MCBO-2_1/2024.
Application deadline: 19.05.2024.
For more details about the position please visit (website/webpage address): www.icter.pl or contact Anna Salamończyk (e-mail: asalamonczyk@ichf.edu.pl).

Successful candidates fulfilling the selection criteria and qualifications will be invited for an interview (which will most likely take place in an online format on 20-30.05.2024). The competition results shall be announced by the end of May 2024.

The competition may be extended until a suitable candidate who fulfills all requirements is found.

The International Centre for Translational Eye Research (Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS) is committed to employment equality (esp. European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers) and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates fulfilling the requirements specified in this announcement.