Our mission as research center: Discover personalized medical solutions for environmentally triggered diseases to promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

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

We now seek a highly qualified and motivated PhD candidate (f/m/x) to drive the development of model-based and data analysis methods for quantitative non-invasive glucose sensing by means of our unique label-free molecular detection technology.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application including your letter of motivation, CV and academic transcripts of records, preferably in English by 31/10/2022.

PhD candidate in quantitative non-invasive glucose sensing (f/m/x) 101718

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Your mission

In the EU-funded research project GLUMON, we aim to leverage a new class of a biomedical optoacoustic sensor to offer the next generation in-blood non-invasive biochemical sensing in-vivo, thus addressing the limitations of existing biomedical sensors. A driving innovation is the ability to reject signal/data contamination from the skin surface and non-invasively detect glucose directly in vasculature-rich skin layers, effectively offering in-blood glucose monitoring abilities.

The successful candidate will develop and apply data analysis methods for quantitative non-invasive glucose determination of glucose in human skin—a work that aims at improving the lives of millions of diabetic patients worldwide. The development process will give the successful candidate the opportunity to strengthen her/his skills in optics, lasers, and computation, but also in biological systems relevant to biosensing. The successful applicant will be involved at every stage of sensor design and simulation, testing, and application, as well as with dissemination of results in the form of scientific publications, presentations, intellectual property production, spin-offs, and commercialization.

Your qualifications

The successful applicant must have the following:

  • A Master degree in Computational Science, Physics, Optics, Engineering, Medical Technology or a related discipline.
  • Excellent academic study record
  • Strong motivation, scientific curiosity, and commitment to scientific excellence.
  • Excellent programming skills (for example: Matlab, LabView, C/C++, Python, etc.)
  • Team player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment.
  • Excellent command of the English language.

The following qualifications are considered advantageous:

  • Proven experience in experimental research
  • Basic knowledge of microscopic imaging
  • Practical experience with laser-based optical systems
  • Practical experience in hardware control, data acquisition and synchronization, system development and integration

What we offer you

scientific training at HELENA Graduate School
work-life balance
flexible working hours & time off in lieu
30 days annual leave
on-site health management service
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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 world-leading research institutions it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

This position also provides the opportunity for you to build specialist knowledge and collect significant professional experience, both of which will help advance your scientific career.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (EG 13 65% TV EntgO Bund). The position is (initially) limited to three years, but under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we require further documents from you regarding the recognition of the degree. Please request the recognition as early as possible.

If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Uli Stahl, email:, tel.: +49 89 3187 49340, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1 

85764 Oberschleißheim

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