OFFER DESCRIPTION

PROJECT

The European Training Network PHAST (Photonics for Healthcare: multiscAle cancer diagnosiS and Therapy) provides excellent, highly-skilled education and training in the vibrant field of Biophotonics for 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) which will be enrolled in a strong multidisciplinary PhD programme.
PHAST addresses some relevant unmet needs of the medical community in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer (one of the leading causes of death worldwide) to significantly improve the quality of life for European society. The ESRs (PhD students) will be trained to all the technologies through hands-on laboratory platforms, thematic workshops and courses to build solid careers as biophotonics professionals in both academic and nonacademic sectors.
This will be possible thanks to the multidisciplinary environment created by the PHAST consortium, composed of research institutions, 2 hospitals and 8 industries from 7 European Countries, among them specialized small companies as well as global players in the field such as Horiba, Philips and Zeiss.


OBJECTIVES

The aim of the PHAST (Photonics for Healthcare: multiscAle cancer diagnosiS and Therapy)-ETN action is to develop an innovative training programme in the field of biophotonics able to offer society a team of highly skilled multidisciplinary scientists through a personalized PhD career development plan covering the fields of cutting edge diagnostics and therapy of cancer diseases.
An early diagnosis and targeted treatment of cancer, which are of great importance to the European community, require the development of innovative diagnosis tools and non-invasive methods to monitor a therapy response.

The main scientific goal of the PHAST-ETN action is to develop multiscale advanced photonic technologies for the diagnosis of cancer in vitro and in vivo and the monitoring of therapy for personalized medicine, by reaching four specific objectives:
1.
IN-VITRO DIAGNOSIS
as point-of-care approach through optical spectroscopy in combination with innovative sampling techniques;
2.
TISSUE DIAGNOSTICS AND FUNCTIONAL MONITORING
through optical fibre based biopsy and diffuse optical spectroscopy;
3.
MICROSCALE CANCER MONITORING
through multimodal optical imaging of tumour borders during surgery;
4.
MACROSCALE THERAPY EFFECTIVENESS MONITORING
by diffuse optical spectroscopy, multifunctional optical fibre sensors, and autofluorescence and hyperspectral imaging.

ESR POSITIONS

PHAST offers 15 ESR/PhD research positions for 3 years (36 months), during which it is intended that a PhD project is started, provided positive evaluation.
The following ESR positions are available throughout the beneficiaries of the PHAST project:

How to apply

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO TAKE PART IN THIS PROJECT:

1.
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM
2.
FILL THE FORM IN ALL RELEVANT PARTS
3.
SEND A SINGLE EMAIL TO phast-etn@unipr.it
(full filled form, CV in European format, educational certificates, transcript of records, English language qualifications)

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