Job details

Recruitment result
Place of work

Microfluidics and Complex Fluids Group, IPC PAS

Funding institution


Project description

Project title, type and project number

RApID -Label-free and rapid optical imaging, detection and sorting of leukemia cells; TEAM-NET Project No. POIR.04.04.00-00-16ED/18

Project leader

dr Ladislav Derzsi


The primary objective of the project is to develop the first Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) microscopic-microfluidic system for non-invasive imaging of live cells and apply it to rapid leukemia cell imaging, diagnostics, sorting and assessment of chemosensitivity in vitro. Multidisciplinary teams of experts establishing the consortium will characterize Raman spectra of leukemic cells and link them to biological features of the disease. These data will be thereafter used to design and construct, microfluidic-based diagnostic device utilizing SRS microscopy which will allow for quick and reliable differentiation between different types of leukemia cells providing clinicians with quantitative information crucial to make proper decisions during the course of the treatment. The envisaged microfluidic-SRS instrument will fill the gap in the current diagnostic methodology of leukemia, accelerate diagnostics and decrease its cost. Moreover, the developed methodology will open new areas of application in leukemia research.

We are looking for highly motivated young researchers (1-5 years after obtaining their PhD), with hands-on experience and good skills in one or more of the following disciplines: microfluidics, robotics, microelectronics, automation, programming, image acquisition and image analysis, optofluidics, acoustofluidics. The successful candidate will join a multinational and interdisciplinary team of scientists and will be responsible for designing and constructing innovative microfluidic systems for manipulation and sorting of leukemia cells.  Key responsibilities include the development of an automated trap-and-release system as a central module for cell manipulation and signal acquisition and/or a cell sorter to isolate positively identified cells based on their Raman signal. Additionally, the candidate will closely cooperate with the PhD students participating in the project, providing transfer of know-how and knowledge.

Job description

Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  • Designing, constructing and testing microfluidic systems for manipulation of single cells (preferentially by optical- and/or by acoustic waves and by hydrodynamic traps)
  • Integrating the microfluidic module with the SRS and optimizing the setup for signal acquisition and differentiation for the microfluidic sorter module.
  • Improving image acquisition and developing an image recognition software/module and integrate it with the SRS system as an additional detection module facilitating detection, recognition and sorting of leukemia cells in the stream of WBCs.
  • Data analysis, writing reports and scientific publications
  • Cooperation with researchers, including communication with English-speaking colleagues
  • Support, supervision and mentoring of PhD students

Position in the project

Junior postdoc

Job type

Employment contract


10,000 PLN gross/month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

14 November 2022 – 30 December 2023

We offer

  • Monthly salary of 10 000 PLN (gross/gross amount including employer's expense. It will be subject to taxes, social and health insurance and other legal deductions according to Polish law), The position is financed by the Foundation for Polish Science Team-NET project No. POIR.04.04.00-00-16ED/18.
  • Work in the outstanding scientific institution, in the dynamic research group with members representing diverse interests and qualifications, see details on the website:
  • Possibility to collaborate with research groups engaged in the project (University of Warsaw, Medical University of Lodz, Institute of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, Jagiellonian University of Cracow)
  • Engagement in an ambitious research program and possibility to build the academic career
  • Participation in international conferences and Erasmus+ projects

Scientific profile of a candidate

Recognised Researcher (R2)


  • PhD in physics, engineering, chemistry, biotechnology or similar obtained a not more than 5 years prior to joining the project
  • Solid knowledge and hands-on experience with experimental microfluidic systems (ideally experience with development of microfluidic systems for applications in microbiology)
  • Good programming skills and proficiency in MATLAB, python and/or other programming languages is desired.
  • Hands-on experience with photolithography and/or other microfabrication techniques
  • Additional experience in one or more of the following fields is welcome: optics, optofluidics, acustofluidics, Raman Spectroscopy, microbiology, automation
  • Creativity and enthusiasm measured by the quality and number of projects, internships, authorship in peer-reviewed publications and patents in which the Candidate participated and contributed
  • Analytical thinking and critical problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communications, organization and time management skills
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural research team
  • Experience in supervision and mentoring of MSc students

Key assessment criteria

Competencies of candidates for specific tasks in a research project, previous scientific achievements of candidates, awards and distinctions of the candidate resulting from the conducted research.

Required documents
  • Scientific curriculum vitae including a list of scientific achievements (publications, patents, scholarships, conference presentations, awards, etc.)
  • Motivation letter
  • A summary of professional accomplishments (not exceeding 3500 characters), containing concise information about scientific interests, past achievements pointing out the three most important ones, participation in and running research projects and the candidate's own research plans
  • Citation report (from Web of Science Core Collection) including the number of publications, number of citations without self-citation, h-index of the Candidate and the number of years worked effectively in science (after deduction of breaks)
  • A recommendation letter
  • A scan or photocopy of the candidate's university degree
  • A scan or photocopy of the candidate's PhD degree
  • Information about any breaks in performing research work, e.g. maternity leave, an internship in industry, etc. When assessing the achievements of the candidate the Competition Committee shall take into account breaks in research and shall convert the candidate's indicated achievements into effective years of scientific work
  • Consent to the processing of the candidate's personal data for the purposes of recruitment.
Recruitment procedure
  • The required documents must be sent to with email title “rekrutacja 43/2022”
  • A recruitment commission for the evaluation of the candidates will be established (consisting of 3 researchers and specialists in the field).
  • The commission evaluates applications on a point scale. The position will be awarded to the person who obtains the highest number of points.
  • The evaluation will be in two steps: first, the submitted documents will be evaluated. Next, the top candidates will be invited of an interview.
  • The commission will take into account the following criteria: competences of candidates for specific tasks in a research project, previous scientific achievements of candidates, awards and distinctions of the candidate resulting from the conducted research.
  • The results of the competition are made public.
  • The competition can be cancelled without notice.
Additional information

Application deadline

6.11.2022 23:00

Deadline for the settlement of the competition


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

Date of announcement: 6.10.2022

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