Post-doc position (vacancy filled)

Recruitment no. 21/2022

We encourage applicants for Post – doc  position in the Physical Optics and Biophotonics Group (POB) at Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS, Warsaw, Poland. The position is a part of the DAINA 2 „Objętościowa rekonstrukcja obrazowa z filtracją nadmiarowej informacji fazowej” project nr 2020/38/L/ST2/00556

The aim of this project is to introduce and experimentally verify the authors’ original description of physical processes related to the influence of light with partial spatial coherence on image reconstruction in the presence of optical heterogeneity. The proposed research works will allow for better understanding of physical and technical limitations for the case of imaging with partially spatially coherent light in systems with phase-sensitive (interferometric or holographic) detection.

In this fundamental research program, we would like to solve one of the most basic problems of optics, which is in-vivo microscopic imaging in biological samples. The objective of this project is to broaden our knowledge about the image formation process in the presence of highly scattering media.

The leading hypothesis in this project is the assumption that it is possible to introduce spatial modulation of the phase of spatially coherent light in a controlled way so as to achieve noninvasive three dimensional imaging reconstruction with quality of cross-sectional images comparable to that obtained by microscopy with spatially incoherent light.

We are looking for a person with at least 4 years of experience in optical laboratory lab environment (e.g. proper handling of bulk and fiber optical components), especially in creating and designing complex optical imaging setups. Successful candidate will also produce and maintain prototype software for control of peripheral equipment, data acquisition and data processing.


  • Construction, rearranging and examination of optical setups;
  • Measurement data analysis
  • Maintenance of software developed for measuring stands and prototype instruments
  • Automation of iterative computational adaptive optics,
  • Preparing of training datasets and develop neural networks for computational aberration correction,
  • Combining and applying computational aberration correction with dynamic light modulation,
  • Presenting progress on conferences, internal group meetings, and seminars.
  • Data analysis, writing reports and scientific publications
  • Cooperation with researchers, including communication with English-speaking colleagues

Researcher Profile:

  • Recognised Researcher (R2): PhD holder or equivalent, not yet fully independent. Experienced Researcher with more than 4 years FTE research experience or has a doctoral degree

Research field (Please select main research field and sub research field (optional))

  • Physics
  • Optics
  • Engineering (sub research field: Biomedical engineering)

Type of Contract

  • Temporary

Job Status

  • Full time

Hours per Week: 40

Application Deadline: 10/07/2022 at 12:00

Envisaged Job Starting Date: 01.08.2022

How to Apply: E-mail ekrutacja@ichf.edu.pl

* competition for a scientific position under the statutory funds:

* notes of the type: “under reference number: ICHF 21/2022 (emails without this number will be not considered!)” should be placed in [Additional comments] (at the end of the form)


Physical Optics and Biophotonics Group, Department of Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems.

Contact Person E-mail: asalamonczyk@ichf.edu.pl

Phone (ex. (+48) 987 654 1234)

Number of positions available: 2


Required Education Level

  • Main research field: Physics (sub research field: Optics). Engineering (sub research field: Biomedical engineering)
  • Level: PhD degree in physics/engineering (optics, automatics, informatics, electronics) obtained not earlier than 7 years before starting working for the project


We are looking for a 1st person (co-investigator) who will be responsible for the most of theoretical work, computer simulations, programming of data acquisition and final data processing. She/he will also actively take part in conducting experiments, writing publications, patents etc. Coinvestigator is supposed to “generate” 40% of all results required to solve all three scientific tasks.

Development of dynamic spatial coherence theory, optimization of phase masks, creating algorithms, writing software for data acquisition and data processing, constructing initial optical set-up for experimental verification of the model.

We are looking for a 2nd  co-investigator who will be responsible for the most of experimental optical actions, construction of experimental instruments and performing all required optimization. She/he will lead in conducting experiments as well as writing publications, patents etc. Tasks: Construction of optical STOC-FD-FF-OCT set-ups, design and construction of systems using alternative spatial light modulators (multimode fibers), development of high speed imaging instruments using spatial phase modulators, development of multimodal instrumentation using STOC and standard microscope, conducting experiments and performing data analysis, preparation of phantoms.

Specific Requirements:

  • Computer programming advanced skills (Python, Matlab, C++),
  • Prior experience of implementing and using deep learning algorithms with TensorFlow, Keras API or any other equivalent library
  • Creativity and enthusiasm measured by the quality and number of projects, study record, internships
  • authorship in peer-reviewed publications and patents in which the Candidate participated and contributed.
  • Analytical thinking and critical problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication, organization and time management skills
  • Experimental experience in optical physics
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural research team
  • Direct experience with optical imaging is an asset
  • experience in customization and commercialization of optical setups
  • experience in medical application of devices based on optical solutions

Required Languages

  • English
  • Level: Good

Required Research Experience

  • Research field: Engineering (sub research field: Biomedical engineering)
  • Years of Research Experience: 5-7



a full contract (supported by NCN DAINA 2 „Objętościowa rekonstrukcja obrazowa z filtracją nadmiarowej informacji fazowejgrant nr 2020/38/L/ST2/00556 with prolongation option depending on project regulations and funds);

competitive salary (up to 11 000 PLN/month gross, depending on experience);

opportunity to work in interdisciplinary research department with strong support from chemistry and physics groups within the Institute;

collaboration with industrial and research partners.

Career development benefits

  • The successful candidate will be part of a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team. He/She will have the possibility to broaden his/her knowledge and confront themselves with new tasks resulting in new technical solutions and applications. See also:  http://pob-lab.com
  • Institute provides opportunity to participate in ERASMUS + programme.

Eligibility criteria
PhD in physics/engineering, specialized in optics

Selection process

Complete application should include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Scan or photocopy of the candidate’s PhD  diploma;
  • Description of achievements with an emphasis on projects, tasks dealt with, publications (if applicable) etc. related to the required substantial qualifications.

Application deadline is on 10 July 2022, 12:00

The incomplete applications will be not considered.

Successful candidates fulfilling the main eligibility criteria will be invited for an interview. The interview will be carried out between 11th – 17nd May 2022 in IPC PAS or online.

The position will be awarded in accordance with the Employment policy of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS; Candidates may become acquainted with the employment policy at the IPC PAS on:  https://ichf.edu.pl/files/csr/ipc-procedures.pdfThe Institute is also 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.

  • One candidate will be chosen.
  • The results of the competition are made public.
  • The results of the recruitment will be announced not later than 31st July 2022.
    • If the top candidate does not sign the contract, due to the resignation, we reserve the right to choose the next candidate from the ranking list.
    • Candidates  who  have  been  issued  a  negative  opinion  by  the  Competition  Committee  or  candidates  not selected for employment have the right to appeal against the results of the evaluation. The appeal shall be  lodged  with  the  Director  of  the  Institute  within  7  days  from  the  date  of  receipt  of  the  appropriate information. The decision of the Director of the Institute shall be final.
    • Expected start date of working in-situ is 1st August 2022.
    • Apply via email: rekrutacja@ichf.edu.pl, IMPORTANT: email title “Rekrutacja nr 21/2022”.

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