Postdoctoral Positions in Translational Optics and Biophotonics | Harvard Medical School


Posted: 07-Feb-23

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Type: Full Time


Academia, Research Laboratory

Job Function:


Technical Division:

Applied Spectroscopy (IS)

Fundamental Laser Sciences (OF)

Holography and Diffractive Optics (FH)

Imaging Optical Design (FD)

Integrated Optics (PI)

Laser Systems (PL)

Microscopy and Optical Coherence Tomography (BM)

NonImaging Optical Design (FN)

Nonlinear Optics (OL)

Optical Biosensors (BB)

Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy (BS)

Years of Experience:


Salary Details:

Salary range: $58,000-$65,000 based on years of experience post PhD.

Required Education:


Additional Information:

3 openings available.

Laboratory for Optical Micromechanics 

Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA USA

The Laboratory for Optical Micromechanics directed by Dr. Seemantini Nadkarni, is seeking highly motivated PhD scientists to fill open postdoctoral positions in Biophotonics and Translational Optics. Our laboratory is located at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The Wellman Center is the world’s largest academic research facility dedicated to the development of light-mediated, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies.

At the Laboratory for Optical Micromechanics our mission is to innovate and develop novel light-based diagnostic technologies to address major clinical and biomedical problems in hematology, atherosclerosis and cancer research. A keen interest and experience in innovating medical devices for bench-to-bedside clinical translation is highly desirable for this position. Successful postdoctoral fellows will lead efforts in bench-to-bedside innovation of optical biosensing and diagnostic devices, develop optical tools for clinical use, collaborate closely with clinician partners to conduct near-patient testing and work with industry partners towards commercialization and translation of optical technologies developed in the laboratory. Candidates with strong backgrounds in Engineering, Optics, Physics and other relevant disciplines are sought to join leading efforts in the development of new point-of-care optical diagnostics and microfluidics, laser speckle microrheology, birefringence microscopy, holographic microscopy and dynamic light scattering. For more information about our research please visit:


  1. Exceptional candidates will have a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Optics, Physics or other relevant technical disciplines.
  2. Multiple positions are available for candidates with demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas: Optics and Photonics, Optical Instrumentation, and Biomedical optics/Biophotonics
  3. Advanced experience (3+ years) in Matlab, LabView and/or C++ programming is required.
  4. Advanced skills in Solid Works design, 3D printing and fabrication are a plus.
  5. A keen interest in innovating medical technologies for clinical translation and commercialization.
  6. An entrepreneurial mindset is highly desirable.
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About Harvard Medical School

The Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, is the world’s largest academic
research facility dedicated to investigating the effects of light on human biology and to the development of
light-mediated, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. A pioneer in light-based
biomedical research, the Center has been the source of many of the most successful transfers of this research
to clinical applications. Our Goals Wellman Center pursues its mission through the synergy of its faculty’s expertise in: Basic research: investigating how light interacts with molecules, cells, organisms, and people
Technology development: designing new therapeutic and diagnostic methods and tools for specific diseases
Translational research: bringing basic research to the stage of practical, clinical applications
Education: informing scientists, physicians, students, patients, and the public about photomedicine

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