Post Doc Position In Ultrafast Optical Approaches For Dna Sequencing And Protein Identification - (...

Universities and Institutes of Italy


January 4, 2022


  • Research Field: Physics
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 04/01/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: Italy › GENOVA
  • Type Of Contract: Other
  • Job Status: Other
  • Eu Research Framework Programme: H2020
  • Reference Number: GA 964363
  • Project: ProID

    Commitment & contract: up to 3 years collaborator contract

    Location: Genova


    At IIT we work enthusiastically to develop human-centered Science and Technology to tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges of our times and transfer these technologies to the production system and society. Our Genoa headquarter is strictly inter-connected with our 11 centres around Italy and two outer-stations based in the US for a truly interdisciplinary experience.


    We are looking for a brilliant Researcher/Post Doc (depending on the seniority of the candidate) to work in the context of an ambitious and visionary European FET project (ProID GA 964363) within the Plasmon Nanotechnology Research Line led by Dr Francesco De Angelis. We aim to enable future technologies for protein and DNA detection and sequencing at single molecule level by means of ultrafast Raman and/or Fluorescence Spectroscopy. Research subjects: single molecule sequencing, DNA sequencing, protein identification, nanopores, plasmonics, ultrafast spectroscopies, nanofluidics, biophysics, nano-optics, nano-photonics.

    The objective of this research is to develop an ultrafast Raman and Fluorescence platform able to identify and to sequence DNA and proteins at single molecule level. To this aim, we will combine innovative plasmonic nanopores and microfluidic chipsets with next generation ultrafast time- resolved detectors. State-of-the-art machine learning techniques in combination with bioinformatics approaches will be developed to analyze the data. The development of a simple, fast, sensitive and low-cost technique for protein/DNA identification and sequencing may would open a new paradigm in proteomics/genomics and could bring the early diagnosis assays and personalized treatments envisioned for future medicine. Notably, the development of ultrasensitive Raman technologies able to analyze liquid samples in flow-through schemes and with high throughput rates will pave the way to a new generation of detection devices suitable for many different purposes, not only the future protein market but also food analyses, quality control and safety assessment of market compounds, water pollution, and many others.

    Within the team, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Confer with principal investigator to review work assignments and develop plans for research experiments and make modifications to existing procedures and techniques to meet the needs of the particular studies.

  • Perform a variety of complex technical duties involved in conducting physical and other research laboratory tests and experiments to obtain data for research purposes and assemble data sets from experimental results.

  • Review laboratory methods, manuals, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments. Review work of lower level laboratory personnel and assist in training new personnel.


  • A PhD in Physics, Engineering, or related fields.

  • strong background in the field of nano-optics and plasmonics

  • experience in time resolved spectroscopies (preferably Raman and Fluorescence at femto/pico second level), and and in the design and assembly of an optical setup

  • A strong publication record

  • The ability to properly report, organize and publish research data

  • Documented experience in coaching junior scientists

  • Good command in spoken and written English


    • Good communication skills

    • Strong problem solving attitude

    • High motivation to learn

    • Spirit of innovation and creativity

    • Good in time and priority management

    • Ability to work in a challenging and international environment

    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highly interdisciplinary environment


    • Competitive salary package for international standards

    • Private health care coverage

    • Wide range of staff discounts


    • An equal, inclusive and multicultural environment ready to welcome you with open arms. Discrimination is a big NO for us!

    • We like contamination and encourage you to mingle and discover what other people are up to in our labs!

    • If paperwork is not your piece of cake, we got you! There's a specialized team working to help you with that, especially during your relocation!

    • If you are a startupper or a business-minded person, you will find some exceptionally gifted professionals ready to nurture and guide your attitude and aspirations.

    • If you want your work to have a real impact, in IIT you will find an innovative and stimulating culture that drives our mission to contribute to the improvement and well-being of society!

    • We stick to our values! Integrity, courage, societal responsibility and inclusivity are the values we believe in! They define us and our actions in our everyday life. They guide us to accomplish IIT mission!

    If you feel this tickles your appetite for change, do not hesitate and apply!

    Please submit your application using the online form and including a detailed CV, university transcripts, cover letter (outlining motivation, experience and qualifications) 3 representative publications and 3 reference letters.

    Application's deadline: January, 4th 2022

    We inform you that the information you provide will be used solely for the purposes of evaluating and selecting professional profiles in order to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

    Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, based in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as Data Controller, in compliance with the rules on protection of personal data, including those related to data security.

    Please also note that, pursuant to articles 15 et. seq. of European Regulation no. 679/2016 (General Data Protection Regulation), you may exercise your rights at any time by contacting the Data Protection Officer (phone Tel: +39 010 28961 - ).

    Contact Information
  • Department: Plasmon Nanotechnology Research Line
  • Organisation Type: Research Laboratory
  • Website: https: // www.
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  • Country: Italy
  • City: GENOVA
  • Postal Code: 16163
  • Street: VIA MOREGO 30
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