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

We develop labels based on strategies of protein engineering building on our research in photophysics and structure-function relationships. The developed molecular tools are employed on the level of single mammalian cells as well as whole organisms. To better understand and develop our sensors we need bio-physical / chemical expertise with a keen eye and strong interest for protein-structure/function research and chromophore-chemistry.

Our research group for Cell Engineering is one of 11 inter-disciplinary laboratories at the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at Helmholtz Munich and focuses on developing genetically encodable molecular labels and sensors for innovative optical imaging schemes primarily fluorescence and optoacoustic imaging.
We are now looking for a highly qualified and motivated

Postdoc (f/m/x) researching photophysics of genetically encoded protein-based imaging labels and sensors 101658

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Your responsibilities

The candidate will work on studying the photophysical mechanisms and functioning of chromophore-bearing proteins (such as GFP-like, Bacteriophytochromes or Phycobiliproteins) using and developing spectroscopic methods. The gained insight will fuel the development of new labels and sensors on the molecular level. Thus, tightly linked with the researchers in the lab working more protein-engineering and application driven.

In general, the candidate will support and drive all endeavors of the laboratory with photophysical insight and bridge between the applications, the technical developments of imaging-setups and the protein engineering. All work will be conducted in close collaboration with other members of the group, laboratories of TUM and Helmholtz Munich as well as international collaborators that are leading in the respective research areas, e.g. setup building or protein structure elucidation. Hence, the position is an exciting interface between basic photophysical research, development of molecular tools as well as imaging.

Your qualifications

The successful applicant must have the following:

  • High motivation, curiosity and commitment to scientific excellence
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or similar field
  • Background in excited state photophysics, and photoisomerization processed will be appreciated as well as understanding of (protein-) environmental effects on the photophysical properties of chromophores
  • Experience in optical spectroscopy techniques
  • Interest in imaging
  • Interest in protein structure-function relationships
  • Team player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment
  • Excellent command of the English language

What we offer you

work-life balance
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flexible working hours & working-time models
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continuous education and training
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30 days annual leave
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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.

Provided that the prerequisites are fulfilled, a salary level up to E 13 is possible. Social benefits are based on the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD). The position is (initially) limited to two years, 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.

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

Interested?
If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Andre-Christian Stiel, 089 3187-3972, 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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