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

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).
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
A demonstrated knowledge of at least two of the following: photonics, electromagnetic fields, optical sensing, biosensing.

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
- 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 or
Information sheet

Other ESR Positions

Point-of-care Raman microspectroscopy for detecting tumour markers in body liquids
Spectral tissue imaging for ex-vivo cancer diagnosis and survey
Integrated optical fibre sensors for intravital monitoring
Hybrid diffuse optical monitoring and theranostics with blood flow and oxygen metabolism biomarkers on pre-clinical models
Time-gated diffuse optical spectroscopy for deep tissue diagnostics
Multimodal nonlinear imaging for clinical diagnosis in combination with laser tissue ablation for selective tissue removal
Micro-optical imaging system for multimodal non-linear endospectroscopy
Multimodal endo-microscopy for improved in-vivo colorectal cancer diagnosis
ESR 10
Multimodal intraoperative handheld forward-imaging probe
ESR 11
Towards multifunctional multimaterial optical fibres for diagnostic and treatment
ESR 12
Development of advanced online dosimetry algorithms for photodynamic therapy of tumours
ESR 13
Diffuse optical monitoring and prediction of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for personalized breast cancer management
ESR 14
Tissue identification for surgical guidance using biophotonics
ESR 15
Micro-camera for hyperspectral imaging for in-vivo probing

Stay in touch

subscribe to our newsletter service


* indicates required

PHAST-ETN will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.

By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.