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Academic staff member

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)
Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz (DE)
EG 13 TV-L
Closing date
17 Sep 2023

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Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest universities in Germany. Thanks to its location in the Rhine-Main science region, the university can unfold to its full potential and showcase its innovative power and dynamism. Its status as a comprehensive university allows for multidisciplinary learning and teaching and has great potential for internationally renowned, interdisciplinary research. Almost all of its institutes are located on a single campus close to the Mainz city center – creating a lively academic culture for researchers, teaching staff, and students from every continent.


Faculty 10: Biology, Lightmicroscopy Core Facility of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Academic staff member 

in Vollzeit (100 %)

As part of the newly established CRC 1551 on the topic "Polymer Concepts for Understanding Cellular Functions" (, you will join the Light Microscopy Core Facility of the Biology Department ( In the Biology Department's new buildings, you can expect a diverse working environment with state-of-the-art microscopes and interdisciplinary research that combines biophysics, biochemistry, physics, and chemistry. In collaboration with the Core Facility for Microscopy and Histology ( of the neighboring Institute for Molecular Biology, you will assist in the development and implementation of interdepartmental research infrastructure. In addition to overseeing the microscopes and assisting scientists with microscopy and image analysis, you will implement a course on quantitative microscopy of biopolymers and have the opportunity to conduct your own research projects in the field of method development.


  • Scientific management of microscopes and support for scientific projects in the field of light microscopy
  • Conducting independent research in the areas of light microscopy or biophysics
  • Establishment of quantitative methods for studying biopolymers such as FRAP, FLIM, FRET, and FCS, as well as biophysical measurements using optical tweezers and label-free microscopy methods
  • Initiation and leadership of a course on quantitative analysis methods for biopolymers
  • Participation in research data management projects with a focus on storage, analysis, and archiving of microscopy data
  • Ongoing further education in the latest microscopy techniques


In addition to the general requirements according to public services law, applicants must meet the recruitment requirements stipulated in § 57 of the Hochschulgesetz of Rhineland-Palatinate.

  • A successfully completed scientific university degree in life sciences, biophysics, physics, engineering, or other instrument-intensive disciplines
  • Advanced degree (e.g., PhD) in the mentioned fields desirable
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following areas: biochemistry, biophysics, optics, light microscopy techniques including widefield microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, FRAP, FLIM, FRET, FCS, optical tweezers, and label-free microscopy
  • Interest in applying quantitative methods of light microscopy to biological questions
  • Scientific curiosity and the ability to approach complex biological problems experimentally
  • Computer skills and experience in programming and image analysis are considered an advantage
  • Physicists with a keen interest in learning cell biology or biochemistry, even without extensive knowledge in these areas, are encouraged to apply. Comprehensive training will be provided.
  • Strong self-organization skills
  • High level of teamwork and a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Enjoyment in sharing knowledge and the ability to convey complex concepts in an understandable manner
  • Fluency in English


  • Challenging projects and diverse tasks within an international research environment
  • Access to high-end devices and the latest technology
  • Comprehensive training and support from an experienced team
  • Preparation for a career in research infrastructure or core facilities
  • Enrollment in the supplementary pension scheme of the public sector (VBL)
  • Job ticket, optional for the entire Rhein-Main area
  • Wide-ranging personnel development opportunities
  • Flexible working time arrangements

The position is paid according to EG 13 TV-L and is to be filled as soon as possible. The position is temporary for a fixed term until December 31st, 2026. (extension possible, if applicable)

JGU is diverse and welcomes qualified applications from people with varied backgrounds.

We aim to increase the number of women in the field of research and teaching and therefore encourage female researchers to apply.

Candidates with severe disabilities and appropriate qualifications will be given priority.

Are you ready for a new challenge and interested in this varied and responsible role? Then submit your complete application (including a cover letter, CV/resumé, and copies of qualification certificates), no later than September 17th, 2023 preferably via the „Apply now“ button.

For further information, please contact Dr. Sandra Ritz via email at or Dr. Bastian Hülsmann via email at

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