Postdoctoral Researcher Biophotonics Research Group, School of Physics, Ref. No. NUIG17-11

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a 2 year fixed term contract position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Biophotonics Group at the School of Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway

Further details about the Biophotonics Group may be found at: www.nuigalway.ie/faculties_departments/physics/staff_pages/m_olivo

Project Background
The focus of this laboratory is to investigate minimally invasive novel optical methods for cancer detection and therapy using biophotonics applications and nanotechnology.
Novel optical methods will be investigated using endoscopic catheter based in vivo cellular fluorescence imaging, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and Imaging with novel bio-chemo-synthetic optical probes.
The project will use optical on-line real time imaging systems implementing fluorescence/autofluorescence/diffuse reflectance with image processing software and endomicroscopic approaches to develop an optical biopsy techniques to stage cancer. The project will also develop nanophotonics approaches for protein and biomarker analysis for sensing and tracking cancer cells. Ex-vivo methods in multiphoton confocal fluorescence based cytology of biofluids combining the use of fluorescence life-time imaging to grade cancer will also be explored

Essential Skills
• P.hD in Biotechnology or Biology
• A strong background in photobiology and oncology based research
• Knowledge of tissue culture and murine models
• Knowledge of biological applications of nanoscale materials

Starting Salary: € 34,457

Start date: March 2011

For informal enquiries about this post please e-mail Professor Malini Olivo at malini.olivo@nuigalway.ie

Application procedure: Candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV (Word or PDF format only) and the names and addresses of three referees via e-mail to rebecca.nolan@nuigalway.ie. Please put Ref. no. NUIG 17-11 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Tuesday 15th March, 2011

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunity employer.

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