Postdoctoral fellow in advanced data analysis for clinical multispectral optoacoustic tomography (f/m/diverse)

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

Neuherberg bei München, Bavaria, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging

Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

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 and healthcare? 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 vascular and 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. 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, biology and medicine and our pipeline frequently yields high-impact papers, successful technology spin-offs and commercialization. Our research is regularly featured in major news channels and received broad recognition including several prestigious awards and considerable research funding from national and international sources.

We now seek a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral fellow (f/m/diverse) to drive the development of advanced methods for data analysis for clinical multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) projects.

Postdoctoral fellow in advanced data analysis for clinical multispectral optoacoustic tomography (f/m/diverse)

The mission

By employing illumination at multiple wavelengths and ultrasound, Multi-Spectral Optoacoustic Tomography (MSOT) can detect different chromophores, such as oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin to produce maps of blood oxygen saturation in soft tissues or lipids and water without the need for exogenous contrast agents. In any case, combining MSOT with contrast agents even further extends the range of applications in terms of molecular specificity. These features bring unique new opportunities for vascular, metabolic or tumor applications in non-invasive human imaging.

The successful candidate will develop advanced methods for analyzing and visualizing clinical MSOT data in order to extract enhanced information, compared to traditional imaging (e.g. ultrasound) and answer specific medical questions within the framework of clinical projects. The candidate is expected to contribute equally to data analysis and related software development and to the science exploitation of available data. Clinical MSOT data will be provided by a team of trained clinicians and the successful candidate will build upon current expertise and preliminary data to provide new creative ways for interpretation and address unmet clinical need. An essential contribution of the successful candidate will be the design and implementation of novel methods to boost the translation of MSOT imaging in the clinics. The project further includes data analysis, image reconstruction and spectral unmixing operations, necessary for visualization and quantification purposes. This project is expected to shift the paradigm in clinical diagnostics, leading to significant societal impact in health-care and potent translation into clinical diagnostics and management of vascular, metabolic or tumor diseases.

 Your profile

The successful applicant must have the following:

A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Optics or related discipline.Excellent track record of research achievement and publications in top-ranked journals.Strong motivation, scientific curiosity and commitment to scientific excellence.Genuine interest in medical imaging, biomedical applications and conduction of clinical studies.Expert programming skills in MATLAB.Proficiency in C++ and Python and previous experience with multispectral data and the management of large medical datasets are considered strong assets.Hands-on experience in the development and application of experimental setups in the fields of physics and electrical engineering.In-depth knowledge of signal and image processing and detection techniques.Team player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment.Excellent 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 TV EntgO Bund).

The position is (initially) limited to two 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. In order to increase the proportion of women in management positions, we would be pleased to receive corresponding applications. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-2019/0092