ESR 1

Integrated liquid biopsy for cancer diagnostics via genomic markers detection
Host institution/company
University of Parma (Italy)
Supervisors
Academic
Prof. Annamaria Cucinotta, Group of Applied Electromagnetics (GAEM), Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma; 
Prof. Daniel Milanese, Group of Materials Engineering, Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma.

Industrial
Dr. Catalina David, Jobin Yvon SAS.

Type of contract
36-months full-time research grant within the PHAST-ETN project
Brief description of the project
The GAEM group has been working on optical sensors for several years for various applications. The proposed activity deals with the development of novel sensors able to detect ex-vivo tumor markers using Raman spectroscopy.
Body fluids will be put into contact with two different platforms: optofluidic chips and optical fibre probes. Different functionalization process will be explored, including gold nanopillars and mi-RNA and PNA customized receptors.

The ESR will work in collaboration with Horiba France SAS and will be seconded at Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Friedrich Schiller University (Germany), Tyndall Institute (Ireland), and Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS (France).
Qualifications
Essential 
Applicants should hold or expect to attain, as a minimum an MSc in Electronic/Biomedical/Management/Mechanical/Material Engineering with a background in Optics and Photonics, Chemistry, Physics or related areas.
Knowledge and Experience
Essential 
A demonstrated knowledge of at least two of the following: photonics, electromagnetic fields, optical sensing, biosensing.

Desirable
Research project carried out in at least one of the above disciplines. Knowledge of basic principles in optical sensors and biosensors and guided-wave photonic biosensors and sensing mechanisms.
Skills and Competencies
Essential 
- Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English.
- Evidence of interest, aptitude and research experience in the above disciplines.
Further information
For any informal queries, please contact Prof. Annamaria Cucinotta by email at annamaria.cucinotta@unipr.it or stefano.selleri@unipr.it.
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