ESR 11

Towards multifunctional multimaterial optical fibres for diagnostic and treatment
Host institution/company
Fondazione LINKS (Italy)
Davide Janner, Materials for photonics and sensing group, Politecnico di Torino (Italy).

Dr. Nadia Boetti, Photonics and Wireless solutions group, Fondazione LINKS (Italy); Dr. Udo Weigel, Hemophotonics (Spain).
Type of contract
36-months full-time research grant within the PHAST-ETN project
Brief description of the project
The group of Politecnico di Torino and Fondazione Links has a long-lasting expertise on design, fabrication and characterization of optical glasses and specialty optical fibers. The group has also developed a bioresorbable optical glass that allow to exploit novel applications in therapy and diagnostics by using resorbable/disposable devices that do not need explant after use.
The ESR will work on the development of an optical probe able to combine several functionalities in the field of cancer diagnostic and treatment, thanks also to the integration, directly into the fiber, of materials which are traditionally not used in fiber optics.
Functionalities like in-situ drug release, light delivery for treatment (e.g. photodynamic therapy, photothermal therapy), electrical signal transport (e.g. RF ablation and sensing) and diagnostics (e.g. time-domain diffuse optical spectroscopy) are foreseen. The endoscope will integrate also sensing and monitoring functions that could assist during therapy and after treatment.

Planned secondments at Spectracure AB (Sweden), Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Germany), Hemophotonics SL (Spain), ICFO (Spain).
Applicants should hold or expect to attain, as a minimum an MSc in Materials Science, Electronics, Optical Engineering or Photonics, Physics, Bioengineering or related area.
Knowledge and Experience
A demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following: materials for photonics, optical glasses, optical fibers, photonics, spectroscopy, lasers, optical sensing, bioengineering.

Research project carried out in at least one of the above disciplines.
Skills and Competencies
- Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see Politecnico di Torino language skills required to be enrolled in a PhD Course.
- Please download the Information Sheet and carefully read POLITECNICO di TORINO REQUIREMENTS FOR PhD CANDIDATES (page 2 and 3 of the pdf).
- Evidence of interest, aptitude and research experience in the above disciplines.
Further information
For any informal queries, please contact Prof. Nadia Boetti by email at nadia.boetti@linkfsfoundation or prof. Davide Janner at
Information sheet

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