Masterclass to pursue a MSCA-PF fellowship at the Politecnico di Milano (Polimi) in 2021 - laser... (# of pos: 2)

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Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Jun 2021

Politecnico di Milano is launching the fourth edition of the Master Class (MSCA PF MASTER CLASS 2021 @ POLIMI) for potential applicants to the MSCA - European Postdoctoral Fellowship call 2021.

The aim of the call is to attract and train young and talented researchers to successfully applying for MSCA European Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Politecnico di Milano as host institution.

Candidates will be pre-selected based on their expression of interest, CV and motivation. Promising candidates will be invited to attend an in depth training course on the proposal writing through online webstreaming (28-29 June 2021), to have a virtual meeting with their supervisors and to make use of full support in the application writing process by POLIMI advisors.

Candidate fellows and supervisors will be guided throughout the whole application process with deadline on 15 September 2021. Only those who get funding through the European Commission’s MSCA PF program will be admitted to Politecnico di Milano.

Further information available at the link:

Supervisor Expression of Interest, description of the project.

Novel solutions for intraoperative control of the laser ablation therapy for cancer treatment. Electromagnetic-based thermal techniques are currently widely investigated as minimally invasive treatments for solid tumor removal. Among the diverse ablative procedures, laser ablation (LA) has raised considerable attention for clinical applications. Typical advantages are the capability to deliver the therapeutic laser beam through small and flexible optical fibers able to target deep-seated organs, and the compatibility with diagnostic imaging techniques for therapy guidance. Furthermore, the reduced invasiveness and pain, associated with this ablative procedure, could reduce the recovery time, and could represent an alternative to surgical resection. However, LA still holds some limitations such as the potential risk of irreversible injury to the surrounding healthy structures. Indeed, the maintenance of thermal coagulation and necrosis within the selected tissue margins, surrounding the targeted tumor shape, is often challenging, and patient specific treatments are needed. The absence of a real-time temperature feedback control strategy and the lack of dedicated pre-treatment planning, are the main responsible for the inaccuracy of the overall thermal procedure. In this context, key-aspects to be addressed via a specific project proposal under the MSCA-IF framework are: 1) the development of a numerical framework for the laser ablation settings planning and their intra-operative adjustment (based on data assimilation) for personalized treatment; 2) the design and development of smart theranostic tools for the intraoperative control of the therapy. The candidate can elaborate the proposal on one or both topics, considering the multidisciplinary nature of the proposed research and approach. One of the relevant aspects for the proposal success is the well established network of national and international collaborations of the host LASER OPTIMAL research team with prestigious groups. These collaborations cover the fields of engineering, medical technology, chemistry, biology, nanotechnology, and include hospitals. The MSCA-IF candidate can benefit from this network to strengthen the development of the research, training, and career development plans for the project.

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