Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Physical Optics and Biophotonics Group (POB) Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS, Warsaw, Poland.

Funding institution

National Science Centre

Project description

Project title, type and project number

Parallel interferometric near-infrared spectroscopy for noninvasive monitoring of the cerebral blood flow in humans in vivo, 17/2023

Project leader

Dr hab. D. Borycki


Cerebral blood flow (CBF) uses about 15% of the cardiac output to deliver nutrients to the brain (oxygen and glucose) and remove metabolic by-products. Therefore, any deviations in the CBF can hamper the brain metabolism and cause significant brain damage or disease, including traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease. Hence, noninvasive monitoring of cerebral blood flow and brain function is invaluable in clinics to treat brain dysfunctions.

In this project, we intend to solve those problems by investigating parallel, multi-channel detection to measure cerebral blood flow in the human brain in vivo.

This research project will enable rapid, noninvasive cerebral blood monitoring systems in humans in vivo. Continuous and noninvasive blood flow monitoring could help to treat major brain diseases. Moreover, rapid cerebral blood flow sensing will take us closer to developing the noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI), which could help people with disabilities.

Our research will complement the development of time-resolved diffuse optics in Poland.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

The PostDoc will be mainly responsible for the parallel interferometric NIRS (πNIRS). He or she, with the support from PI, will:

  • Design, build and optimise the experimental πNIRS system,
  • Perform measurements in fluid phantoms and optimise the system,
  • Perform validations in healthy volunteers in vivo at IPC PAS,
  • Will closely work with PI and other team members,
  • Write manuscripts about achieved results,
  • Present progress on international conferences, internal group meetings, and seminars.

The person will need to be well-motivated to perform a risky scientific project. He or she will need to handle fiber optics, work with fast cameras, be able to perform liquid phantoms, and have high signal and image processing skills. Additionally, he or she will need to prove the ability to quickly learn about the theoretical foundations of diffusive optics.


Position in the project

Post- doc

Job type

• Type of contract: Temporary • Status: full-time employment • Hours Per Week: 40


approximately PLN 9,650 gross. The amount would be subject to taxes, social and health insurance contributions and other statutory deductions in accordance with Polish law

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

6 months with possibility of prolongation up to 33 months

We offer

  • a full contract (supported by Sonata Bis “Interferometria z równoległą detekcją w dziedzinie fourierowskiej w spektroskopii w bliskiej poczerwieni do nieinwazyjnego monitorowania przepływów krwi w ludzkiej korze mózgowej” nr 2022/46/E/ST7/00291 with prolongation option depending on project regulations and funds);
  • competitive salary;
  • opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary research department with strong support from chemistry and physics groups within the Institute;
  • collaboration with industrial and research partners.

More details

see website

Scientific discipline

PhD in physics/engineering, specialised in optics

Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


  • PhD degree in physics/engineering (optics, automatics, informatics, electronics) obtained not earlier than seven years before starting working on the project.
  • Computer programming advanced skills (Python, Matlab, C++),
  • Prior experience in 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, organisation 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 customisation and commercialisation of optical setups
  • experience in the medical application of devices based on optical solutions

Key assessment criteria

The Commission will take into account the following criteria:

  • Competence in specific tasks in a research project
  • Previous scientific achievements (publication record, H-index etc.)
  • Candidate’s participation in research projects
Required documents

The complete application should include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Scan or photocopy 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;
Recruitment procedure

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 at: and the provisions of the competition documentation of the National Science Center (NSC) for the SONATA BIS 12 contest

 The 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.

Recruitment Committee will analyse the received applications. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in person or online between 24/05/2023 and 26/05/2023. We reserve the right to contact selected candidates only.

  • One candidate will be chosen.
  • The results of the competition are made public.
  • The recruitment results will be announced no later than 3 June 2023.

If the top candidate does not sign the contract due to 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 evaluation results. The appeal shall be lodged with the Director of the Institute within seven days from the date of receipt of the appropriate information. The decision of the Director of the Institute shall be final.

The expected start date of working in situ is 15st June 2023, depending on candidates’ availability.

Apply via email:, IMPORTANT: email title “Rekrutacja nr 17/ 2023”.


Application deadline

23.05.2023 23:59

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


Archival announcement. We would like to thank all candidates for their submitted applications.

Date of announcement: 27.04.2023

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