International Centre for Translational Eye Research (Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences)
Project title, type and project number
International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) (MAB/2019/12), MCBO 71/2022
Dr Andrea Curatolo
The International Center for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) is a multi-investigator center for eye research as related to imaging and biochemical techniques to support advances in understanding the etiology and treatment and human blinding diseases. Further information on the research priorities and current expertise of our Center can be found at http://www.icter.pl.
Within ICTER, the IDoc Laboratory, led by Dr Curatolo, seeks to build an advanced imaging device for recording and processing Fourier-domain Full-Field 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.
Additionally, with an external actuator to provide a mechanical stimulus, an Optical Coherence Elastography (OCE) system will be developed.
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 email@example.com
The IDoc Laboratory seeks two PhD candidates with experience in optical system design, construction, and testing. In addition, practical skills in software prototyping and data/image processing and analysis algorithm development using LabView, MATLAB, Python are a definite plus. Prior experience in optical coherence tomography (OCT), real-time systems, automatic control, mechatronics and robotics is also a plus.
The PhD candidates will have a direct impact on lab development and its success by designing and testing intraocular OCT-compatible surgical tools; constructing and testing a novel surgical ophthalmic microscope-integrated OCT system; and aiding the design and development of a Fourier-domain a Full-field OCT platform for live small animal retinal imaging and corneal biomechanics.
The PhD candidates will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts in optics, imaging, instrumentation, and software engineering, under the direct supervision of two senior group members and the group leader and collaborators in biochemistry of vision, ophthalmology, and surgery. The PhD candidates are expected to engage in the appropriate range of academic activities, including among others: carrying out research as planned and/or directed, project reporting, publication in high impact factor science and technology journals, conference attendance, active collaboration, intellectual property protection, and outreach activities, as appropriate.
Number of vacancies
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Position in the project
6,600 PLN (~1,500 EUR) gross/month
Position starts on
Maximum planned period of contract/stipend agreement
1st November 2022 – 23rd December 2023
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Key assessment criteria
Please submit the following documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly specify in the application topic: Recruitment no. MCBO 71/2022
Successful candidates fulfilling the main eligibility criteria and qualifications will be invited for an interview (in an online format on 25-26 of October 2022). Competition results shall be announced by the end of October 2022.
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.
Deadline for the settlement of the competition
Archival announcement. We would like to thank all candidates for their submitted applications.