Ph.D. position in optoacoustic microscopy and imaging in the context of microfluidics (f/m/diverse)

Helmholtz-Center München - German Research Center for Environmental Health - HMGU - Helmholtz Association

Neuherberg bei München, Bavaria, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Starting date:


Contract time limit:


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.

The Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) in Munich, Germany, and the Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are an integrated, multi-disciplinary research structure and form the cornerstone of a rapidly expanding bioengineering ecosystem in Munich; 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 and medicine. 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.

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, chemistry, engineering, and biomedicine and attract significant investment from national and international sources. Our scientists serve in international societies and conferences and are recipients of a multitude of top international and German awards, including the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz prize and several ERC awards. In addition to scientific excellence, IBMI promotes entrepreneurship, company spin-off activities, and collaborations with other top academic institutions and leading corporations in the photonics, pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors.

As part of an innovative project funded by the German Research Association (DFG), we are now seeking a highly qualified and motivated Ph.D. student (f/m/d) for (optoacoustic) microscopy/imaging to drive cutting-edge technology development in the context of microfluidics.

Ph.D. position in optoacoustic microscopy and imaging in the context of microfluidics (f/m/diverse)

The mission

The candidate will be pivotal in developing a next-generation optoacoustic microfluidics based cytometry setup. The setup shall combine Optoacoustic single cell detection with microfluidics based high throughput cell analysis and sorting, thus, allowing to monitor cellular characteristics in high-throughput. The initial application of such a system will be the identification of novel label compounds for optoacoustics. Beyond that such a system can be developed in the direction of clinical application. i.e. assessing blood rheological parameters in cells. Regarding the applications the candidate will work in tight collaboration with a biology oriented member of the team.

Your profile

The successful applicant must have the following:

Master degree in Physics or optical engineeringHigh motivation, curiosity, and commitment to scientific excellenceBackground in optics or optoacousticsExperience in setup building / strong vocation to build a new setup “from scratch”Programming capabilities, including Matlab, C/C++ and Labview especially regarding hardware controlUnderstanding of basic hardware design principlesInterest in microfluidics and cytometryTeam player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment with the focus on the boundary between hardware engineering and biological applicationExcellent command of the English language

Our Offer

At the Helmholtz Zentrum München, you can contribute together with leading researchers to the investigation of the development, prevention and treatment of environmental diseases such as diabetes, chronic lung diseases and allergies. In order to further promote your professional development, we offer extensive and targeted research training and career programmes. We support the reconciliation between work and private life with flexible working time models, occupational health management, day care facility for children, a childcare subsidy, Elder Care, as well as other counseling and support services.

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.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. Applications from women are welcome. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2018/0495