Early Stage Researcher Marie Curie - (22000083)

Universities and Institutes of Italy
December 31, 2022
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  • Research Field: Physics
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 31/12/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: Italy › GENOVA
  • Type Of Contract: Other
  • Job Status: Other
  • Eu Research Framework Programme: H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number: 101072818
  • Project: DYNAMO (Marie Curie Doctoral Network) GA 101072818

    Commitment & contract: collaboration contract, 36 months

    Location: Genova


    At IIT we work enthusiastically to develop human-centered Science and Technology to tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges of our times and transfer these technologies to the production system and society. Our Genoa headquarter is strictly inter-connected with our 11 centers around Italy and two outer-stations based in the US for a truly interdisciplinary experience.


    You will be working in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary group, where physicists, material scientists, biotechnologists and chemists collaborate, each with their own expertise, to carry out common research.

    The Optoelectronics Research line is coordinated by Roman Krahne, who has extensive experience in nanophotonics, optoelectronics, plasmonics, physics, chemistry and material science.

    The research focuses on the development of radically innovative optoelectronic devices and nanophotonic platforms. This includes the development of new technologies for data storage, single molecule sensing, 2D materials, nanomaterials, plasmonics and perovskite.


    The successful candidates will be part of an emerging project carried out at the Optoelectronics Research Line with the supervision of Roman Krahne and Denis Garoli, and with the funding of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks HORIZON-MSCA-DN-2021 project called DYNAMO.

    DYNAMO is designed as an innovative and pioneering training network, with the unique vision of developing the next-generation hybrid nanopore technology exploiting DNA nanostructures integrated with multifunctional solid-state platforms.

    Research / Job description

    The Optoelectronics Research Line has developed a strong expertise in nanopore technologies and optical spectroscopy of nanomaterials. Within the DYNAMO our task is the design, development and fabrication of nanopores that integrate plasmonic nanostructures for optical and magnetic trapping and promote near- field enhancement to enable the detection of single molecules.

    Position 1: Design and modelling for nanopore single molecule sequencing with a focus on hybrid plasmonic nanopores for engineered electromagnetic field confinement

    Objectives : Based on our consolidated experience on solid state and plasmonic nanopores for single molecule spectroscopies and trapping, this project aims at modelling, designing and validating hybrid plasmonic nanopores that integrate functional components from noble metals, and 2D- and magnetic materials. The candidate will identify different configurations for optimized single molecule manipulation and detection. The simulations will explore how the electromagnetic field can be localized and phenomena such as enhanced spectroscopies, thermophoresis, optical and magnetic forces. The designed structures will be fabricated in clean-room facilities. In collaboration with the other partners in DYNAMO, the plasmonic nanopores will be employed to perform translocation control and single molecule detection. The modelling will also include data analysis to reconstruct the information obtained from the nanopore with the potential use of machine learning models.

    Expected Results : To have validated plasmonic nanopore approaches for single molecule spectroscopy. To have a full comprehension of the physical phenomena that can be obtained in a hybrid plasmonic nanopore.

    The position will profit from the Planned secondments in the frame of DYNAMO, where the successful candidates will visit the groups of Chirmin Joo at Delft University, Jerome Wenger at CNRS Marseille, Ulrich Keyser at Cambridge and Paolo Vavassori at CIC nanoGUNE.

    This open position is financed by Horizon Europe within the DYNAMO Marie Curie Doctoral Network project.


  • To apply for a PhD fellowship, candidates must hold an internationally- recognized Master-equivalent degree in physics, nanoscience or engineering.
  • Supported researchers must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
  • Conditions of international mobility of researchers: researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. No restrictions of citizenship apply to the PhD fellowship.
  • At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • English language: candidates must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

    • Experience in experimental and/or theoretical research on nano-optics and/or nanofabrication will be highly appreciated, but is not mandatory.

  • Good communication skills
  • Strong problem solving attitude
  • High motivation to learn
  • Spirit of innovation and creativity
  • Good in time and priority management
  • Ability to work in a challenging and international environment
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highly interdisciplinary environment

  • Competitive salary package for international standards
  • Private health care coverage
  • Wide range of staff discounts
  • The selected PhD student will work under close supervision of Denis Garoli and Roman Krahne and benefit from direct mentorship. He/She will also benefit from several symposia and courses specially developed for them within the DYNAMO network (6 weeks planned over the duration of the PhD program).
  • A PhD degree from The University of Milano-Bicocca will be granted after successful completion of the PhD research.
  • The employment is to start as soon as possible and on February 1st 2023 at the latest.


  • An equal, inclusive and multicultural environment ready to welcome you with open arms. Discrimination is a big NO for us!
  • We like contamination and encourage you to mingle and discover what other people are up to in our labs!
  • If paperwork is not your piece of cake, we got you! There's a specialized team working to help you with that, especially during your relocation!

  • If you are a startupper or a business-minded person, you will find some exceptionally gifted professionals ready to nurture and guide your attitude and aspirations.

  • If you want your work to have a real impact, in IIT you will find an innovative and stimulating culture that drives our mission to contribute to the improvement and well-being of society!
  • We stick to our values! Integrity, courage, societal responsibility and inclusivity are the values we believe in! They define us and our actions in our everyday life. They guide us to accomplish IIT mission!
  • If you feel this tickles your appetite for change, do not hesitate and apply!

    Suitable candidates are requested to submit:

    • a Curriculum Vitae

    • a presentation letter with declaration of interests and a description of your past achievements (max. 1 page)

    • contact email of two referees

    • a scanned copy of your university academic transcripts in English

    • a scanned copy of the Master degree, if available at the time of application

    • a scanned copy of standardized English test results (TOEFL, TOEIC,…) if available

    Selection is based on merit and potential, measured in terms of the academic record and personal achievements. Proactivity, participation in community activities, and capacity for team-work are also taken into account.

    The call will remain open until the position is filled.

    We inform you that the information you provide will be used solely for the purposes of evaluating and selecting professional profiles in order to meet the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

    Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, based in Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as Data Controller, in compliance with the rules on protection of personal data, including those related to data security.

    Please also note that, pursuant to articles 15 et. seq. of European Regulation no. 679/2016 (General Data Protection Regulation), you may exercise your rights at any time by contacting the Data Protection Officer (phone Tel: +39 010 28961 - email: dpo@iit.it ).

    Contact Information
  • Department: Optoelectronics
  • Organisation Type: Research Laboratory
  • Website: https: // www. iit.it/it/openings
  • E-Mail: hrservicedesk@iit.it
  • Country: Italy
  • City: GENOVA
  • Postal Code: 16163
  • Street: VIA MOREGO 30
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