PhD candidate in optoacoustic imaging (f/m/d)

Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)

Neuherberg (bei München), Germany

Work group:

Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Starting date:


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Job description:

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

Are you passionate about science, full of ideas and innovative potential that drive change and enjoy working in an international, fast-paced environment? Are you motivated by the societal impact of research and seek an opportunity to play an instrumental part in the development of emerging technologies for biology, healthcare and environmental applications? Then the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen (HMGU) and its integrated Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, is the ideal environment for you!

IBMI is the cornerstone of a rapidly expanding bioengineering ecosystem in the Munich science area; including the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus and the Research Center TranslaTUM, which integrate bioengineering with metabolic disorders and oncology, respectively. IBMI scientists develop next-generation imaging and sensing methods to measure previously inaccessible properties of living systems, hence, catalyzing breakthroughs in biology, medicine and the environment.

Comprising 11 inter-disciplinary laboratories and scientists from more than 25 countries, IBMI offers state-of-the-art infrastructure for innovative research and a perfect environment to accelerate your career. Our research
aims to shift the paradigm of biological discovery and translation to address major health challenges of our time and develop the medical solutions of tomorrow.

Join our team and be part of our rich and dynamic research culture of enquiry and innovation. IBMI researchers come from the top ranks of physics, engineering, chemistry, biomedicine and computer science and our pipeline frequently yields high-impact papers, successful technology spin-offs and commercialization. Our research is regularly featured in major news channels and has received broad recognition including several prestigious awards and considerable research funding from national and international sources.

To develop novel optoacoustic imaging systems and drive their impact into clinical routine, we now seek a highly qualified and motivated

PhD candidate in optoacoustic imaging (f/m/d)

The Mission

At IBMI, we are pushing the limits of resolution, imaging depth, imaging speed, contrast coverage, specificity and sensitivity of optical imaging. Optoacoustic imaging combines the rich contrast of optical excitation with the high penetration to depth ratio of ultrasound imaging, lifting the diffusion barrier of optical imaging. These characteristics give optoacoustic imaging a competitive edge over other imaging methods currently applied in biology and medicine.

As a next step in developing optoacoustic devices for real-world applications, the successful candidate will further develop our imaging systems and proof their ability to challenge current clinical methodologies in major fields like cancer and metabolic disorders.

The development process will give the successful candidate the opportunity to strengthen her/his skills on state-of-the-art image reconstruction algorithms, image processing, signal processing, forward and inverse modelling, lasers, optics and  3D printing. She/he will be involved with every stage of device design, prototyping and testing, as well as with dissemination of results in publications and at conferences as well as in the form of IP production, spin-offs and commercialization.


High motivation, scientific curiosity and ability to work independentlyA master’s degree in Physics, Optics, Engineering, Medical Technology or a related fieldA stellar academic recordProgramming capabilities ( Matlab, C/C++ or analogous)Knowledge on the basic physics of ultrasound propagation and opticsKnowledge on signal and image processing algorithmsAbility to program control software for hardware elements like DAQs, stages and similarTeam player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environmentExcellent command of the English language

 The following qualifications are considered advantageous:

Knowledge of optoacoustic imagingKnowledge on numerical mathematical modelling and inversion

What we offer you

A challenging and versatile field of work providing you with the freedom to follow your instinct and be creative. With the help of extensive and goal-orientated professional development measures and career-building programmes we encourage you to grow as a person. To ensure a good work/life balance we assist you with flexible working hours, in-house health management, a nursery, and an “Elder Care” concept as well as other consultation and support options.

Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and research institutes it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of granting an allowance amounting to 15% if the necessary conditions are fulfilled.

The position is (initially) limited to three years.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

Having been awarded the "Total E-Quality" seal we endorse a system of equal opportunities. Applications from women are especially welcome. Severely disabled candidates are given preference if they are of equal merit concerning the position in question.

Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Juan Aguirre, PhD on +498941409156, who will be happy to be of assistance.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application, including your letter of motivation, CV and academic transcripts of records, preferably in English.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2019/0382