Postdoctoral Position at EPFL: Nanophotonic Biosensors and Bioimaging for Cancer Research, Switzerland

Postdoc Position - 2019 in Switzerland, EPFL School of Engineering

Nanophotonic Biosensors and Bioimaging for Cancer: The BIOS laboratory at EPFL is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to develop state-of-the-art nanophotonic biosensors and bioimaging platforms for cancer research and diagnostic applications. The successful candidate will work on a multidisciplinary project in collaboration with the University of Lausanne, Lausanne Hospital, and the AGORA Cancer Research Center.

Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: Nanophotonic Biosensors and Bioimaging for Cancer Research

Location: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


  • PhD degree in Photonics, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biophysics or a closely related discipline
  • Strong academic record indicated by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and international conferences
  • Extensive experimental experience on optical biosensors, preferably with nanophotonics
  • Hands-on experience in reconfiguring optical imaging set-ups with microscopy, spectroscopy, and performing optical characterization
  • Hands-on experience with microfluidics
  • Experience in surface functionalization chemistry and bioassay development
  • Experience with biological sample handling and characterization
  • Experience in cleanroom with nano/microfabrication techniques
  • Experience in programming user interfaces for devices/instrumentation, optical set-up automation, data extraction (e.g., Python, Matlab, LabVIEW)
  • Experience in data analysis using signal processing tools (also AI, DNN)
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken) and excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Independent, self-driven, creative, solution-oriented, open-minded, flexible, and team-player

Job Description: The postdoctoral researcher will work on the development of cutting-edge nanophotonic biosensors and bioimaging platforms for cancer research and diagnostic applications. The main duties and responsibilities include designing and nanofabricating optimized nanophotonic chips, reconfiguring optical imaging set-ups and point-of-care devices through incorporation of novel microscopy and spectroscopy concepts, microfluidics integration, optimizing bioassays, handling biological samples, performing optical/biological experiments, data analysis, and reporting and disseminating research outcome. The project will involve collaboration with the University of Lausanne, the Lausanne Hospital, and the AGORA Cancer Research Center.

We offer: The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary and cutting-edge projects using nanophotonic biosensors, bioimaging, spectroscopy, and lab-on-a-chip systems for bioanalytical and biomedical applications. They will also have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and laboratory resources and collaborate with world-leading cancer researchers and medical doctors through a multidisciplinary consortium funded by Swiss National Science Foundation Sinergia grant. EPFL is an international and top ranking engineering university that offers a dynamic, stimulating, interdisciplinary, international and friendly working environment, a broad range of scientific training and networking events, and also hosts a vibrant entrepreneurial community.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send their application with the subject line “2023 Postdoctoral Position” to in a single PDF file containing a cover letter, CV, transcript, list of publications, and contact details of at least three referees.

Last Date for Apply: Not specified, but the position is available as soon as possible, and the term of employment is fixed-term (2 years, renewable).

Representative papers from BIOS:

  1. Liu et al. “Real-time monitoring of single-cell secretion with a high-throughput nanoplasmonic microarray.” Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 113955 (2022).
  2. Jahani et al. “Imaging-based spectrometer-less optofluidic



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