Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Nanophotonics & Quantum for Biosensing

WorkplaceLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland

EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs more than 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of more than 16,000 people, including over 12,000 students and 4,000 researchers from more than 120 different countries.

Your mission :
The BIOnanophotonic Systems (BIOS) laboratory at the School of Engineering of EPFL in Switzerland, is offering a postdoctoral fellow position to a highly talented and motivated young scientist to work on experimental nanophotonics for biosensing and spectroscopy.

Nanophotonics excels at confining light into nanoscale optical mode volumes and generating strongly enhanced light matter interactions. Through engineered structures, nanophotonics can manipulate light in ways that are not possible to achieve with diffraction limited optics and natural materials. The unique nano-scale effects have been unveiling a plethora of fundamentally new optical phenomena, yet an important issue ahead for the field is the development of novel devices and applications. To this end, our laboratory is focused on the applications of nanophotonics for bioanalytical and biomedical devices using plasmonic/dielectric metasurfaces, microfluidics, nanofabrication, and advanced data analysis.

In a well-established laboratory, the postdoctoral fellow will be able to explore new biosensing schemes utilizing nanoscale and quantum effects for enhanced device performance through multidisciplinary projects. Anticipated strategies include quantum-enhanced Fourier transform infrared spectrometry using novel IR light sources, detectors and metasurfaces, hyperspectral imaging, exploitation of quantum tunnelling effects with nanophotonics and device integration.

Main duties and responsibilities include :

  • Designing experimental plan.
  • Establishing optical set-ups.
  • Designing and realizing optimized device parts & device integration.
  • Performing experiments.
  • Analysing data.
  • Reporting and disseminating research outcome.

Your profile :

  • Hands-on experience in experimental nanophotonics including electromagnetic design, nanofabrication, building/adapting optical set-ups, performing optical characterization, image/data analysis of acquired signals.
  • Hands-on experience in optical microscopy, spectroscopy (e.g. FTIR) and optical/electronic instrumentation.
  • Experience in programming user interfaces for devices and instrumentation (e.g., Python, Matlab, LabVIEW).
  • Knowledge in quantum optics is a plus.
  • Experience in image and spectroscopic signal analysis using data science tools (e.g. AI, DNN) is a plus.
  • Independent, self-driven, creative, solution-oriented, open-minded, flexible and team-player.

We offer :

We offer the opportunity to :
  • Work on multidisciplinary and cutting-edge projects using nanophotonics and spectroscopy for bioanalytical and biomedical applications.
  • Access state-of-the-art research facilities and laboratory resources.
  • Collaborate with world-leading research groups through international consortiums.
  • Interact with world-leading industry companies for technology transfer.
EPFL is an international and top ranking engineering university. It offers a young, stimulating, dynamic, interdisciplinary, and international working environment, a broad range of scientific training and networking events and hosts a vibrant entrepreneurial community.

EPFL is an equal-opportunity employer. Candidates will be recruited based on merit.

Start date :
As soon as possible

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Work rate :

Duration :
Fixed-term (CDD)
2 years, renewable

Please send your application with the subject line « 2022 Postdoctoral Research Fellow» to in a single pdf file containing all the required information. It shall include a cover letter, CV, a list of publications, and contact details of three referees. Applications will be evaluated as soon as received.

Reference :
Job Nb 2487

In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 57346.

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