Aquiles Carattino, Ph.D.

Scientific Software Developer, Physicist

Career Summary

Physicist with a strong background in optics. After finishing my Ph.D. in single nanoparticle detection I started my own project developing software for research labs. That is how I founded Uetke and Python For The Lab. I have developed software for a wide range of experiments, focusing on automation and empowering users to implement their own solutions. I have also started teaching how to use Python for controlling setups through workshops organized at universities. Always looking for new and exciting opportunities.

Work Experience


Utrecht University
2018 - Present

In June 2018 I have joined on a part-time basis the group of Sanli Faez at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. The goal of the project is to further develop the nano capillary electrokinetic tracking setup (nanoCET). I will develop the software to acquire and analyze data and will build a new, more compact and easy to operate device. The ultimate goal is to be ready to transition the technology to a spin-off.

Technologies used:

  • Optical Fibers
  • Nanoparticles
  • Microscopy
  • Python
  • PyQt
  • Trackpy
  • numpy

Scientific Software Developer - Founder

2017 - Present

Building open source software for controlling setups and managing data. Shortening the time it takes to a research group to be ready to perform experiments. Organizing workshops to empower young researchers with the tools needed for successfully gaining control of their setups. More information available at


I have developed different programs for setups and designed a course for young scientists:

  • Python For The Lab (Knowledge website)
  • Fast camera acquisition and nanoparticle tracking.
  • Optical tweezer control.
  • Laser scanning setup.
  • Network control of devices.
  • Confocal microscope control.

Technologies used:

  • Hamamatsu Orca Flash
  • Photonic Science
  • National Instruments
  • Python
  • PyQt
  • Parallel Programming

Ph.D. in Physics

Leiden University
2012 - 2017

I worked in a single-particle/molecule laboratory, lead by Prof. Michel Orrit. The main focus of my research project was to study the luminescence properties of single gold-nanoparticles. I built a confocal microscope and developed new techniques to image nanoparticles and to measure their temperature with far-field optics.


During my Ph.D. I developed skills also beyond the technical aspects

  • Built the software for controlling the setup (Python)
  • Supervised two master and one bachelor projects
  • Collaborated with two international guests
  • Teacher assistant of Atomic and Molecular Physics and of Natuurkunde Onderzoek (laboratory)
  • Courses on presenting and writing


Technologies used:

  • Spectroscopy
  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Gold Nanoparticles
  • Anti-Stokes luminescence
  • Optics

Research Assistant

2011 - 2012

I worked in the department of Reheat Furnaces at the R&D division. The focus of the work was to model the process in which steel tubes are reheated in order to achieve specific mechanical properties. I have modeled gas and electrical induction furnaces using finite element analysis, both with in-house developed code and commercial packages. Special measurements allowed us to confirm the validity of the models.

Technologies used:

  • Finite-element analysis (FEA)
  • Fortran
  • Python

Skills & Tools


  • Python
  • PyQt
  • Numpy
  • Linux
  • Django


  • Optical Microscopy
  • Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Nanoparticles
  • Optical tweezers


  • Git
  • Jupyter Notebooks
  • Wordpress
  • Nginx
  • Flask
  • Pelican
  • Digital Ocean


  • Ph.D. in Physics
    Leiden University
    2012 - 2017
  • B.Sc. & M.Sc. Physics
    University of Buenos Aires
    2005 - 2010


  • UtrechtInc Science Venture
    The nanoCET project has been accepted to the program provided by the incubator associated with the University of Utrecht.
  • Business Orientation Week (Nyenrode)
    Full-time program aimed at physicists looking to transition out of academia.
  • Leiden PhD association (LEO)
    Vice-chair, treasurer, webmaster of the association, 2014-15
  • Network of Argentinian Researchers in The Netherlands
    Coordinator of the network during 2016.


  • Spanish (Native)
  • English (Professional)
  • Italian (Professional)
  • Portuguese (Brazilian) (Professional)
  • Dutch Basic, B1 level


  • Tango Dancing
  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Writing