PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT: 15 Marie Skłodowska Early Stage Researchers (PhD research positions) soon available within the EU Horizon 2020 Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Project: MSCA-ITN-ETN Photonics for Healthcare: multiscAle cancer diagnosiS and Therapy - PHAST

Offer description

The PHAST-ETN 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.

Main goal and specific objectives of PHAST

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.

The objectives of the PHAST-ETN Action aim at developing advanced photonics solutions for:

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:

ESR #1: Integrated liquid biopsy for cancer diagnostics via genomic markers detection

Host Institution: University of Parma, Italy.

Supervisors: Prof. Annamaria Cucinotta (University of Parma), Dr. Catalina David (Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS).

Link to the specific project: ESR1.

ESR #2: Point-of-care Raman microspectroscopy for detecting tumour markers in body liquids

Host Institution: Friedrich Schiller University, Germany.

Supervisors: Prof. Michael Schmitt (Friedrich Schiller University), Dr. Catalina David (Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS).

Link to the specific project: ESR2.

ESR #3: Spectral tissue imaging for ex-vivo cancer diagnosis and survey

Host Institution: Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS, France.

Supervisors: Dr. Sebastien Legendre (Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS), Prof. Olivier Piot (University of Reims Champagne Ardenne).

Link to the specific project: ESR3.

ESR #4: Integrated optical fibre sensors for intravital monitoring

Host Institution: Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Supervisors: Prof. Davide Janner (Politecnico di Torino), Dr. Jean Schleipen (Philips BV).

Link to the specific project: ESR4.

ESR #5: Hybrid diffuse optical monitoring and theranostics with blood flow and oxygen metabolism biomarkers on pre-clinical models

Host Institution: Institute of Optics and Photonics - ICFO, Spain.

Supervisors: Prof. Turgut Durduran (Institute of Optics and Photonics - ICFO), Dr. Udo Weigel (Hemophotonics SL).

Link to the specific project: ESR5.

ESR #6: Time-gated diffuse optical spectroscopy for deep tissue diagnostics

Host Institution: Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Supervisors: Prof. Antonio Pifferi (Politecnico di Milano), Dr. Spectracure AB (Spectracure AB).

Link to the specific project: ESR6.

ESR #7: Multimodal nonlinear imaging for clinical diagnosis in combination with laser tissue ablation for selective tissue removal

Host Institution: Institute of Photonic Technologies - IPHT, Germany.

Supervisors: Prof. Juergen Popp (Institute of Photonic Technologies - IPHT), Dr. Orlando Guntinas-Lichius (Jena University Hospital).

Link to the specific project: ESR7.

ESR #8: Micro-optical imaging system for multimodal non-linear endospectroscopy

Host Institution: Grintech GmbH, Germany.

Supervisors: Dr. Bernhard Messerschmidt (Grintech GmbH), Prof. Juergen Popp (Institute of Photonic Technologies - IPHT).

Link to the specific project: ESR8.

ESR #9: Multimodal endo-microscopy for improved in-vivo colorectal cancer diagnosis

Host Institution: Albert-Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg, Germany.

Supervisors: Prof. Hans Zappe (Albert-Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg), Dr. Bernhard Messerschmidt (Grintech GmbH).

Link to the specific project: ESR9.

ESR #10: Multimodal intraoperative handheld forward-imaging probe

Host Institution: Medical University of Wien, Austria.

Supervisors: Prof. Rainer Leitgeb (Medical University of Wien), Dr. Christoph Hauger (Carl Zeiss Meditec AG).

Link to the specific project: ESR10.

ESR #11: Towards multifunctional multimaterial optical fibres for diagnostic and treatment

Host Institution: Fondazione Links, Italy.

Supervisors: Dr. Nadia G. Boetti (Fondazione Links), Dr. Udo Weigel (Hemophotonics SL).

Link to the specific project: ESR11.

ESR #12: Development of advanced online dosimetry algorithms for photodynamic therapy of tumours

Host Institution: Spectracure AB, Sweden.

Supervisors: Dr. Johannes Swartling (Spectracure AB), Prof. Antonio Pifferi (Politecnico di Milano).

Link to the specific project: ESR12.

ESR #13: Diffuse optical monitoring and prediction of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for personalized breast cancer management

Host Institution: Ospedale San Raffaele, Italy.

Supervisors: Prof. Pietro Panizza (Ospedale San Raffaele), Prof. Paola Taroni (Politecnico di Milano).

Link to the specific project: ESR13.

ESR #14: Tissue identification for surgical guidance using biophotonics

Host Institution: Tyndall National Institute, Ireland.

Supervisors: Prof. Stefan Andersson-Engels (Tyndall National Institute), Dr. Kevin Manley (Stryker).

Link to the specific project: ESR14.

ESR #15: Micro-camera for hyperspectral imaging for in-vivo probing

Host Institution: Tyndall Research Institute, Italy.

Supervisors: Dr. Paul Galvin (Tyndall Research Institute), Dott. Pietro Panizza (Ospedale San Raffaele).

Link to the specific project: ESR15.


Complete information on the PHAST-ETN Research positions and the instructions for application will be published soon.