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Place of work

International Centre for Translational Eye Research (Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Funding institution


Project description

Project title, type and project number

The project is carried out within the Image-guided Devices for Ophthalmic Care (IDoc) group of the International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER), International Centre for Translational Eye Research (MAB/2019/12), MCBO 47/2021

Project leader

Dr Andrea Curatolo


The International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) is a multi-investigator centre for eye research related to imaging and biochemical techniques to support advances in understanding the aetiology and treatment and human blinding diseases. Further information on the research priorities and current expertise of our Centre can be found at

Within ICTER, the IDoc group, led by Dr Curatolo, seeks to research novel techniques, and develop instrumentation to address unanswered questions in vision science and unmet needs in ophthalmology and optometry. More specifically, the group is developing a novel platform for intraoperative ophthalmic image guidance of robotic-aided ocular treatments to fulfil unmet surgical needs in minimally invasive surgery on the eye (anterior and posterior pole) and subretinal delivery of novel gene and cell therapies. On the other hand, another goal of the IDoc group is to research and develop lower-cost optical techniques and more portable devices for larger accessibility to healthcare, such as novel laser beam scanners for scanning microscopy and optical imaging techniques. For more information on the projects, please mail Dr Curatolo at

The IDoc Laboratory seeks a Mechatronics Engineer with intensive experience in a) mechanical and optomechanical component design for rapid prototyping; b) motion control with motors, encoders, sensors and controllers; c) mechanical simulations; all preferably in applications controlling advanced optical or medical imaging systems. In addition, practical skills in microcontroller programming and electronics are a plus.

The Mechatronics Engineer will have a direct impact on lab development and its success by: developing the optomechanical design and 3D printing a light-weight and compact microscope-integrated intraoperative optical coherence tomography system; designing, simulating and experimentally testing novel versatile optical scanners using low-cost components; and studying and controlling robotic kinematics and aiding the implementation of force-control laws. The Mechatronics Engineer will work closely with researchers in Biophotonics and Machine Vision at both PhD and Postdoc level and will help the collaboration with leading ophthalmologists and optometrists. He/she will contribute to the Lab Intellectual Property portfolio and to publishing in high impact factor science and technology journals.

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Number of vacancies


Key responsibilities include

  1. Developing the optomechanical design and 3D printing of a light-weight and compact microscope-integrated intraoperative optical coherence tomography system;
  2. Designing, simulating and experimentally testing novel versatile optical scanners using low-cost components
  3. Studying and controlling surgical robotic arm kinematics and aiding the implementation of force-control laws from sensory and imagery data
  4. Cooperation in the optical and optomechanical intraocular probe system design
  5. Presenting research activities and results in reports, presentations, research publications, and to other team, laboratory, centre or institute members, visitors, peers and potential sponsors
  6. Contributing to Intellectual Property portfolio, by aiding the patent drafting
  7. Managing day-to-day activities, such as software and licence procurement
  8. Assisting other group members as directed
  9. Performing other duties as directed

Position in the project

Mechatronics Engineer

Job type

Employment contract


Up to 6 000 PLN ~1 300 EUR gross/month

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

31st December 2022 (with the possibility of extension, provided that adequate resources are available)

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
  5. Access to well-staffed core facilities

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Scientific discipline

Engineering and Technology


1. Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical or mechatronics engineering with minimum 1 years of experience in biomedical or optical system development

2. Solid background knowledge and documented hands-on experience in the following:

  • Solidworks or similar 3D CAD design program
  • 3D printing (sla, pla, laser sintering)
  • Experience with DC, stepper, servo, piezo motors
  • Microcontroller programming (e.g., Arduino, ESP32)

3. Experience in any of the following will be a plus:

  • Robot, sensors and encoders
  • Mechanical simulation software (Ansys, Abaqus or similar)
  • Optical coherence tomography systems
  • CNC mills or lasers

4. Very good written and oral communication skills in English

5. High motivation for bench-to-bedside translational projects, analytical skills, and independent thinking.

6. Good interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team, collaborative attitude

7. Good project management and good organization skills.

8. A proactive approach to problem solving, achieving tasks and objectives in a timely manner.

Key assessment 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 deemed necessary)
Required documents
  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Cover/motivation letter
  3. List of the projects where the candidate was the lead engineer/researcher (it should contain a brief description with major project aims, challenges and outcomes, or other deliverable)
  4. Name and email of 2 referees
  5. Scanned copy of the candidate's degree certificate
Additional information

Please submit the required documents to:

Kindly specify in the application topic: Recruitment no. MCBO 47/2021

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 on 20-22.12.2021). Competition results shall be announced before 24.12.2021.

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.


Application deadline

17.12.2021 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: 7.12.2021

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