We are hiring!
Come working to beautiful Prague! We are always looking for motivated postdocs and students (PhD, master, bachelor) to join our group. Our research covers plasmonics, nanophotonics, superresolution microscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, DNA self-assembly, protein imaging, image analysis and machine learning. If you are interested in working in such diverse and interdisciplinary environment, please contact Vladimira.
Currently advertised positions
Here is a list of position currently advertised. Please contact us also if there is no position open right now. There might be other possibility of funding or an opening soon. Vladimira is a part of the Humboldt research network. If you are a scientist in Germany wanting to spend 6-24 months in our lab, please contact Vladimira.
There are two PhD positions available starting in September!!
Tailoring metallic nanoparticles for specific plasmonic enhancement
The focus of the work will be on assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles and fluorescent nanoparticles using DNA origami. Metal nanostructures are capable of massive enhancements of optical response, which arise from collective electromagnetic resonances called plasmons. The PhD work will consist of characterization of plasmon resonance (bulk and single particle) of metallic nanoparticles, DNA functionalization of plasmonic nanoparticles and optimization of the process of their self-assembly to desired orientation. Developed assemblies will serve to study spatial manipulation of light by plasmons.
Visualization with plasmonic nanoparticles using single molecule microscopy techniques
The focus of the work will be on evaluating the magnitude of the fluorescence shifts and enhancement of plasmon-coupled fluorophores using single molecule localization microscopy and time-resolved single molecule spectroscopy. Single molecule localization microscopy overcomes the diffraction limit by calculating the center positions of a fluorescent spot based on the known point spread function of the optical microscope. While plasmonic coupling is known to strongly increase number of emitted photons from a fluorophore, it also appears to affect the position of the emission. The work will consist of visualization of assembled fluorophores with and without a plasmonic nanoparticles, data analysis and statistics.