Helmholtz Zentrum München is a research center with the mission to discover personalized medical solutions for the prevention and therapy of environmentally triggered diseases and promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

At our institute you will find a scientifically stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by an excellent infrastructure you will have the opportunity to make an important contribution for a healthier society.

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.

At IBMI we are now looking for a highly qualified and passionate PhD candidate (f/m/d) to drive the development of non-invasive glucose sensing by means our unique label-free molecular detection technology.

PhD candidate in non-invasive glucose sensing (f/m/x) 100726

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Your mission

In our Translational Optoacoustics team, we are reaching the next frontiers in label-free optical microscopy and non-invasive biosensing by development and application of mid-infrared optoacoustic imaging and spectroscopy that have a direct impact in the clinics. Optoacoustic sensing combines the high-contrast and high-resolution of optical excitation with the imaging depth of ultrasound detection. Additionally, the high-scalability and multidimensionality of optoacoustic imaging allows its combination with chemical-specific laser excitation that can be applied in living cells, animal models, and humans. To accomplish this, we develop innovative custom-built sensing technologies and apply state-of the-art laser technologies found in just few places around the world. Our main goal is to enhance the impact of biological/biomedical discovery promoting its swift transfer to the clinics.

The successful candidate will develop and apply mid-infrared detection technologies for non-invasive glucose sensing in human skin — a work that could positively impact the lives of millions of diabetic patients worldwide. The candidate will also be integral in further development of the optical imaging methodology, data analysis and image reconstruction as part of her/his research activities. The development process will give the successful candidate the opportunity to strengthen her/his skills in optics, lasers and computation skills, but also in biological systems relevant to medical research. She/he will be involved at every stage of sensors design, 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 profile

  • Strong motivation, scientific curiosity and commitment to scientific excellence
  • A degree in Physics, Optics, Engineering, Medical Technology or a related field
  • An outstanding academic study record
  • Excellent programming skills (for example: Matlab, LabView, C/C++, Python, etc); in particular in real-world programming
  • Team player skills and enthusiasm to work in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and highly-competitive environment
  • Excellent communication skills

The following qualifications are considered advantageous:

  • Proven experience in experimental research
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • 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

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

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 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, but under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age until 2021-07-31. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
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If you have further questions, simply contact Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Pleitez; email:; tel.: +49 89 4140 9018, 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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