Positions Available

Interested on joining our group?  Below are current open positions:

Research Fellow Positions

January 1, 2020

An opening is available for a research fellow in Dr. Stefan Carp’s group within the Optics at Martinos Laboratories (optics.martinos.org), located at the Massachusetts General Hospital Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. This is an exciting opportunity to work with and advance cutting edge tools for optical tissue characterization. The project also contains a strong translational component where the fellow will participate in animal and human subject validation studies as well as in clinical studies of brain health monitoring on patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery or recovering after cardiac arrest. The Martinos Center offers an excellent training environment and resources for career advancement, as well as a wealth of institutional expertise in all areas of medical imaging.

The fellow will specifically work with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) techniques, including instrumentation development, modeling advances and validation and clinical studies in the context of neuromonitoring. The ideal applicant would have a strong technical background, preferably with prior experience in biomedical optics, and an interest in the practical applications of optical imaging as well as the ability to handle both theoretical and experimental aspects of optical measurements. There will be opportunities to participate in study design, to assist in the development of human (IRB) and animal (IACUC) protocols, and to participate in grant preparation and editing.

Requirements: PhD in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, physics or equivalent, preferably with prior optics experience. Programming skills in C/C++, Matlab or Python are essential and prior experience with optical data analysis is a plus. The job requires a candidate who is mature, responsible, flexible, with excellent attention to detail, organizational and people skills. The candidate must be able to work in a fast-paced environment, and should be able to problem-solve/troubleshoot, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks, and seek assistance when appropriate.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter describing their research interest, experience and reason why they would be a good fit for the position, as well as an academic CV with a complete list of publications, and names of three references to Dr. Stefan Carp, stefan.carp at mgh.harvard.edu. The Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

December 4. 2019

One NIH-funded postdoctoral position in Advanced Optical Neuroimaging is open in Dr. Sakadzic’s lab, to conduct preclinical studies on cortical oxygen delivery and consumption.

We are seeking highly motivated researchers with a desire to begin an independent career related to or involving neuroimaging. The successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, medical physics, neuroscience, or equivalent degree. However, we will consider exceptional candidates of any scientific background.

The research will involve:

  • Developing novel two-photon microscopy technology for measuring partial pressure of oxygen (PO2).
  • Utilizing various optical microscopy technologies and fMRI to investigate a) neurovascular coupling in normal brain, and b) impaired oxygen delivery and consumption within microvascular domains due to disease and injury.
  • Numerical modeling of oxygen delivery and consumption within cortical microvascular domains.

This position requires experience in developing advanced optical microscopy instrumentation and applying it for in vivo imaging. Strong programming skills as well as written and oral English communication skills are required. The ideal candidate must be mature, responsible, and creative with excellent organizational skills and ability to work both independently and in highly collaborative research environment.

Please email a cover letter describing research interests and experience, and updated curriculum vitae and contact information of three references to sava.sakadzic@mgh.harvard.edu



October 4 2019

A new Post Doc positions is open in Dr Franceschini’s Lab to develop next generation NIRS-DCS devices.

We invite enthusiastic individuals with a PhD in Electrical Engineering or related fields with a strong background in optoelectronics, including micro controllers, embedded system design, SPAD detectors, digital electronics and signal processing. Also required programming experience in C, C++, Python, LabView, FPGA programming and Matlab. This is a one-year renewable term appointment, expected to start end of 2019 beginning of 2020.

If interested, please include the following in your application:

  • A cover letter;
  • CV summarizing all relevant academic, professional, and other achievements, experience, skills and knowledge. Including a publication list;
  • Names of three referees.

For enquiries please email to mfranceschini at mgh.harvard.edu


Software Developer/ Computer Engineer Position

 October 7, 2019

 We are looking for a skilled Software Developer or Computer Engineer to develop software for our novel NIRS and DCS tissue monitoring medical devices. The Computer Programmer’s duties will include developing in-house software, as well as identifying and fixing defects, adapt it to new hardware, improve its performance or upgrade interfaces, do embedded programming (microcontrollers and FPGAs), supporting data architecture and data analysis. You will also be involved in directing system testing and validation procedures. Prior experience with .NET Framework and Cypress FX3 USB controllers is a plus.

The ideal candidate for this role must possess superior coding skills, good task management, superior problem solving and critical thinking skills, and communication skills to meet the users demands. To be successful in this role, you will need extensive knowledge of programming languages and the software development life-cycle. A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or related degree is required.


  • Building software-hardware interfaces and graphical user interfaces
  • Modifying software to fix errors, adapt it to new hardware, improve its performance, or upgrade interfaces.
  • Directing system testing and validation procedures.
  • Directing software programming and documentation development.
  • Profiling and analyzing algorithms.


  • A bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering or another related field.
  • Must be a full-stack developer and understand concepts of software engineering.
  • Excellent coding skills.
  • Hands-on programming experience using relevant languages: C, C++, C#, Python, LabView, and Matlab
  • Hands-on experience with embedded devices – microcontrollers, USB controllers, and FPGAs Ability to develop unit testing of code components or complete applications.
  • Experience working on a variety of software development projects.
  • The desire to work in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to multi-task and to handle multiple projects
  • Strong aptitude for math.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Aptitude for learning new technology.
  • Ability to interface with scientists, engineering and clinicians
  • Good verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

If interested apply at: https://partners.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=3110578&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

For enquiries please email to mfranceschini at mgh.harvard.edu


Research Assistant Positions

A research assistant position is open in Dr. Stefan Carp’s group for work on our neuromonitoring projects using DCS and NIRS technologies. The RA will assist with data analysis, help conduct instrument testing and human studies, and also help with IRB documentation. Preference will be given to applicants with an engineering or physical science background. Programming experience is required. If interested please send a detailed resume and cover letter describing career goals and their connection with optical imaging research to stefan.carp at mgh.harvard.edu.



The Center offers  opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students in engineering, physics, neuroscience and biological sciences to conduct research in a multidisciplinary environment.

Research areas include fNIRS, DCS, OCT, and microscopy. Research projects span the spectrum from basic biological research, the development of cutting edge technologies, and early stage clinical studies. Based on the research interest  students should contact the appropriate Optics faculty member.