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ERC-Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship, Synthesis of Nanoparticles and Optical Sensing, CNR-NANOTEC, Lecce, Italy

Postdoctoral position

One postdoc position in the field of Fluorescent Particles for Sensing is available in the group of Dr. Loretta del Mercato at Nanotechnology Institute of CNR in Lecce (Italy) within the ERC-Starting project “Sensing cell-cell interaction heterogeneity in 3D tumour models: towards precision medicine – INTERCELLMED”. The job vacancy involves the synthesis and characterization of fluorescent nano- and microparticles for sensing spatiotemporal dynamics in complex multicell cultures of pancreatic tumoroids. 

Required qualifications

  • We seek a young and ambitious postdoctoral fellow with a Chemist, Material Science or Physics PhD degree and basic experience in biology.
  • Consolidate expertise with the synthesis and characterization of fluorescent nano- / microparticles for optical sensing of analytes, such as pH, lactate and oxygen.
  • Expertise in fluorescence microscopy and electron light microscopy (SEM/FIB, TEM) is not mandatory but will be evaluated as plus.
  • The ability to work in a multidisciplinary research team as well as effective communication and writing skills and a good mastery of the English language are essential for a successful selection.

This position is available for 24 months, with the possibility of extension for a further year. Ideal starting date: September 2019.

Interested applicants should submit his/her CV and 2 contacts for recommendation by email to with the subject line “ERC-Postdoc in Synthesis of Nanoparticles and Optical Sensing”. Applications are open until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin upon receipt.


CNR-NANOTEC provides the largest research infrastructure for high-quality nanotechnology research in the South of Italy with approximately >12000 sqm of laboratories and clean rooms and >200 employees with interdisciplinary background, including physicists, engineers, chemists, biologists and doctors. Notably, the CNR-NANOTEC recently launched, on close interactions with clinical partners, a new, long-term research programme, to promote the application of advances in Nanotechnology to Precision Medicine.

Site Description

CNR-NANOTEC is located in Lecce, a vibrant, sunny and friendly city of 100,000 inhabitants in southern Italy. It lies in the region of Puglia, down at the heel of Italy’s boot, surrounded by attractive countryside, seashore and small lovely towns. The city provides a highly pleasant environment because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, and unique Adriatic culture and environment.

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