Post Doc in “All-optical Brillouin microscopy for three-dimensional biomechanical imaging” - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Roma, IIT@SAPIENZA
Added on: 07/03/2019 - Expires on: 22/03/2019

A postdoctoral position in “All-optical Brillouin microscopy for three-dimensional biomechanical imaging” will be available in the Center for Life Nanoscience  at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (CLNS@SAPIENZA, Rome, Italy) within the Nanotechnologies for Neurosciences Research Line.

The project is concerned with the development of a novel Brillouin microscope that will be used to characterize the three-dimensional biomechanical properties in the volume of cells and tissues. Standard methods to measure the mechanical properties are either invasive or lack of subcellular resolution, limiting the measurements across superficial topographies. In turn, Brillouin microscopy is an emerging technique that enables a noncontact, label-free and all-optical assessment of the mechanical properties with a resolution down to the optical diffraction limit.

The ideal candidate will work on the development of a new spectroscopic imaging device based on stimulated Brillouin scattering, aiming to a faster image acquisition time and an unprecedented spectral detail. In parallel, the candidate will assist in the optimization of a state-of-the-art Brillouin microscope (already present in our lab) operating in the spontaneous regime. Mechanical imaging on single cells and tissues will also be performed throughout the entire period of the project.

The ideal candidate for this position should:

  • Have strong background in advanced optics, imaging and spectroscopy and be highly independent with a strong propensity for interdisciplinary research;
  • Have a PhD in Physics, Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline;
  • Be a highly motivated and creative individual who wants to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research environment and who iswilling to interact with both experimental and theoretical scientists.

We value candidates with a proactive attitude and results-oriented mindset, good interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary research team. An internationally competitive salary, dependent on experience, will be offered.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and name and contacts of two referees to Prof. Giancarlo Ruocco and

Please quote “All-optical Brillouin microscopy for three-dimensional biomechanical imaging” -  BC  76171” as your application reference.

Please apply before: March 22, 2019

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Giancarlo Ruocco
Involved Research lines
Nanotechnologies for Neurosciences


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