Photonics Engineer (vacancy filled)

The IDoc Laboratory seeks a Photonics Engineer with experience in optical system design, construction, and testing, 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 desirable.

The Photonics Engineer will have a direct impact on lab development and its success by designing and building and operating  a Full-field Fourier-domain OCT platform for live mouse retinal imaging. The successful candidate will also be responsible for designing and testing OCT-compatible eye surgical tools, and aiding the construction and operation of  a novel surgical ophthalmic microscope-integrated OCT system.  

Profile of candidates/requirements:

  1. Holds a Master’s degree (or equivalent industry experience) in engineering, physics, visual science/optometry, or related fields;
  2. Solid background knowledge and documented hands-on experience (3+ years) in:
    • Imaging optics, including laser beam optics
    • Optical and optomechanical system design (e.g. Zemax, Solidworks)
    • Practical optical bench system construction and testing
  3. And at least one of the following:
    • Optical coherence tomography or Confocal/non-linear microscopy
    • Real-time instrumentation control (e.g. with LabView)
    • 3D/4D image acquisition, processing and visualization (e.g. with LabView, MATLAB, Python)
  4. Very good written and oral communication skills in English
  5. High motivation for complex biomedical imaging projects, analytical skills, and independent thinking
  6. Good interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team, collaborative attitude
  7. A proactive approach to problem solving, achieving tasks and objectives in a timely manner

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Working as a photonics engineer at the International Centre for Translational Eye Research, under the supervision of Dr Curatolo
  2. Contributing to research and development projects, including:
    • Designing, procuring components, assembling, aligning, testing and operating a Full-field Fourier-domain OCT system for live small animal retinal imaging as part of the first platform for in vivo mouse retinal functional imaging (optoretinography);
    • designing and testing intraocular OCT-compatible surgical tools, with a focus on shadowless IR optical sheathing;  
    • aiding construction and testing of a novel surgical ophthalmic microscope-integrated OCT system in a platform for intraoperative ophthalmic image guidance of robotic-aided treatments
  3. Collaborating closely with other team members, and liaising with the software developer/digital signal processing engineer
  4. Assisting in acquiring experimental results in a laboratory or preclinical/clinical setting
  5. Develop methods to process and analyse the collected data
  6. Presenting research activities and results in reports, presentations, research publications, and to other team, laboratory, centre or institute members, visitors, peers and potential sponsors
  7. Managing day-to-day activities, such as ordering and commissioning equipment
  8. Assisting in the supervision of master’s and undergraduate students
  9. Participating in other research projects undertaken within the lab as appropriate and as agreed
  10. Performing other duties as directed.

Key assesment criteria:

  1. Documented professional experience fitting the profile requirements
  2. Level of seniority and independence shown in previous work experience
  3. Presented opinions via reference letters (if required)

Required documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Cover/motivation letter
  3. List of the projects where the candidate played an important role (it should contain a brief description with major project aims, the clear candidate’s contribution, challenges and outcomes, or other deliverable)
  4. Name and email of 2 referees
  5. Scanned copy of candidate’s highest degree certificate (if deemed to have sufficient equivalent industry experience).

We offer:

  1. Full-time employment contract
  2. Opportunity to work in an innovative scientific environment
  3. International cooperation with experienced researchers
  4. Very attractive salary (depending on experience)
  5. Access to well-staffed core facilities

How to apply:

Please submit the required documents to: Icter_jobs@ichf.edu.pl and acuratolo@ichf.edu.pl

Kindly specify in the application topic: Recruitment no. MCBO 49/2022

Application deadline: 15th February 2022

For more details about the position please contact: acuratolo@ichf.edu.pl

Successful candidates fulfilling the main eligibility criteria and qualifications will be invited for an interview (which will most likely take place in an online format at the start of February 2022). Competition results shall be announced by mid-February 2022. 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.