Research engineer position in bioengineering: microfluidics for biosensing systems

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ICFO- THe Institute of Photonic Sciences
2 September, 2019


ICFO- THe Institute of Photonic Sciences Castelldefels

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences is offering a research engineer position to a well-qualified, highly motivated and dynamic research engineer who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment.


The successful candidate will be joining the Optoelectronics group led by Prof. Dr. Valerio Pruneri. The position is to work in a multi-disciplinary project involving photonics, microfluidics, bioengineering and signal processing. The role will include significant industry interaction. You will be part of a team tasked to develop and industrialize biosensing devices in the field of waterborne microorganism detection.


The position implies working on the integration of microfluidic systems within an optical setup coupled to electronics control. The system also relies on a front-end sample preparation module the entire system will require filed evaluation campaigns. It is envisaged design input to create improved versions of the microfluidics system will be part of the job description.



Eligibility and Conditions

Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized high-level engineering degree (or evidence of its completion in the near future) in biomedical engineering, bioengineering, physics, photonics, telecommunications or computer science.


The candidate should also have:
- Previous experience in microfluidics systems. Microfluidics design tools, microfluidics hardware modules pumps, valves, fittings and microfluidics system integration.

- Previous experience in biological sample preparation, cell biology reagents and assays.

- Medium-high level of written and oral communication skills in English.
- Very good communication and team work skills and be proactive in problem solving.
- High sense of responsibility, good organizational and documentation skills.

- The additional skills would be an advantage:

- Previous experience in biosensing, optics, optoelectronics, optical sensors, digital electronics or signal processing.

- Previous experience using Flow cytometers or cell counting by culture methods.

- Previous experience in hardware programming and control (PLCs, BeagleBone, Odroid, Arduino, Raspberry, microcontroller boards, FPGAs boards, etc…).

- Programming experience in Python. C++, JavaScript.


ICFO is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are selected exclusively on merit and potential on the basis of submitted application material. No restrictions of persons with disabilities, citizenship or gender apply to ICFO positions. ICFO abides by the principles of openness, efficiency, transparency, supportiveness, and international comparability as stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.


The contract is offered for a period of one year (with an initial probation period), with the possibility for extension, with full-time dedication.


Remuneration according to knowledge and experience provided.


Application procedure

The formal application should be submitted online via


Suitable candidates are requested to submit:

- Presentation letter with a declaration of interest,
- Curriculum Vitae, including full address, a contact phone number and e-mail address,
- The contact e-mail of two potential referees (to be indicated in the online application form).


Candidates may contact jobs [at] icfo [dot] eu for informal enquiries regarding the application, as well as address scientific enquiries to Prof. Dr. Valerio Pruneri at valerio [dot] pruneri [at] icfo [dot] eu.



The call will remain open until Sept. 1st, 2019.


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