Job details

Place of work

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

Funding institution

FNP (MAB/2019/12)

Project description

Project title, type and project number

International Centre for Translational Eye Research (MAB/2019/12), MCBO_49/2022

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 Laboratory, led by Dr Curatolo, seeks to build an advanced imaging device for recording and processing Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) optoretinography signals for the retina of small living animals when exposed to a light stimulus. The system will be the first in the world to permit objective analysis of visual function, useful for discoveries in vision science and sight-restoring therapy effectiveness evaluation.  On the other hand, The IDoc labs seeks to develop a novel platform for 

intraoperative ophthalmic OCT image guidance of robotic-aided treatments to fulfil unmet surgical needs in minimally invasive surgery on the eye (anterior and posterior pole). Novel IR shadowless optical sheathing for smart surgical instruments will be developed. For more information on the projects, please mail Dr Curatolo at

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. 

Job description

Number of vacancies


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


Position in the project

Photonics Engineer

Job type

Employment contract


Up to 11000 gross/month (depending on experience and qualifications)

Position starts on


Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement

31st December 2023 (with the possibility of extension, provided that adequate resources are available)

We offer

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

Link to Euraxess website

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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:
   a. Imaging optics, including laser beam optics 
   b. Optical and optomechanical system design (e.g. Zemax, Solidworks)
   c. Practical optical bench system construction and testing
3. And at least one of the following:
   a. Optical coherence tomography or Confocal/non-linear microscopy
   b. Real-time instrumentation control (e.g. with LabView)
   c. 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 assessment criteria

  • Documented professional experience fitting the profile requirements
  • Level of seniority and independence shown in previous work experience
  • Presented opinions via reference letters (if required)
Required documents
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover/motivation letter
  • 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)
  • Name and email of 2 referees
  • Scanned copy of candidate's highest degree certificate (if deemed to have sufficient equivalent industry experience).
Additional information

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


Application deadline

15.02.2022 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: 17.01.2022

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