Temporary position for a physicist in Milano, Italy

Temporary position for a physicist to be recruited in a Nanomedicine and Clinical Biophotonics Laboratory in Milano, Italy.

Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi (FDG) is a 60 years old, not-for-profit leading institution in healthcare and rehabilitation, holding a chain of 29 healthcare centres and research hospitals in Italy and employing more than 6.000 people.

Since 30 years, a biomedical technology department is present in FDG, named Polo Tecnologico, based in Milano, in which R&D and Technology Transfer activities are historically done in the fields of bioengineering applied to neuromotor and cardiovascular systems, industrial medicine, assistive tools for disabled, ambient assisted living, biosignal analysis, integration of innovative ICT companion solutions for patients, caregivers and medical doctors.

In the last eight years, an additional research field was addressed in Polo Tecnologico, by creating a new very interdisciplinary laboratory for nanomedicine and clinical biophotonics (LABION), aimed at developing innovative and highly translational nano- and photonic-enabled tools for diagnosis, drug delivery and therapy monitoring.

In the framework of an ongoing project aimed at developing a nanobiosensor - based on surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) - for the detection of residual biomarkers in acute myeloid leukemia, we are looking for a physicist interested in light-matter interaction phenomena, whose primary task will be to study and to build a numerical model of the effects of biosensor structural parameters (nanoparticles shape and distance, substrate morphology, etc.) on the SERS enhancement. The model - that at the end should be usable for optimization of nanostructure-based biosensors, with friendly user interface for biologists and chemists - will start from the existing theories, from our preliminary experimental results and from additional results from experiment that the candidate will contribute to design and realize in our laboratory and/or in collaborating institutions.

In addition, we would like the candidate to co-operate with the group to setup new research topics in biophysics and particularly in clinical applications of nanobiophotonics, in view of near future developments.

The successful candidate should me highly motivated by a really interdisciplinary environment and by group work with biologists, biotechnologists, chemists, medical doctors, bioengineers. He/she should have a good autonomy in planning and performing his/her job with both theoretical and experimental approach aimed at integrating his procedures and results with the rest of the group.

The planned period of activity is January-December 2013.

Interested candidates can contact the group by sending an email with their CV to info.polotecnologico@dongnocchi.it and/or calling 0039-02-40308305.

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