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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.

We now seek a highly qualified and motivated

Postdoc in optoacoustic sensing (f/m/x) 100822

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Your responsibilities

At IBMI, we are pushing the limits of resolution, depth, speed, contrast coverage, specificity and sensitivity of optical imaging. Optoacoustic imaging combines high contrast and high resolution of optical excitation in a depth comparable to that of ultrasound imaging. These characteristics give optoacoustic imaging a competitive edge over other imaging methods currently applied in biology, medicine, environmental sensing and pollution monitoring.

As a next step in developing optoacoustic devices for real-world applications, we aim at miniaturizing both the illumination source and ultrasound detector in order to create low-cost, portable sensors for use in laboratories, clinics, and in the field. Furthermore, we need to understand the impact of the device in comparison with other technologies and study its performance in real clinical settings to calibrate its potential impact.

As the successful candidate, you will develop novel miniaturized illumination sources and ultrasound detectors for optoacoustic sensing and combine them with novel signal processing techniques based on artificial intelligence.

The development process will give you the opportunity to strengthen your skills on state-of-the-art electronics, lasers, optics, prototyping, 3D printing and cutting-edge computational approaches. You will be involved with every stage of device design, prototyping and testing, as well as with dissemination of results in publications and at conferences as well as in the form of IP production, spin-offs and commercialization.

Your qualifications

  • High motivation, scientific curiosity and ability to work independently
  • A degree and a PhD in Physics, Optics, Engineering, Medical Technology or a related field
  • A stellar academic and scientific track record
  • Programming capabilities (for example, Matlab, C/C++)
  • Expertise in sensor development
  • 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:

  • Expertise in optical microscopy, electronics, photonics, system control
  • Practical experience in hardware control, data acquisition and synchronization, system development and integration
  • Knowledge on the physics of semiconductors and laser diodes
  • Experience in 3D printing technologies and product design and development
  • Basic knowledge of optoacoustic imaging

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

continuous education and training
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work-life balance
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flexible working hours & time off in lieu
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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.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (TV EntgO Bund). The position is (initially) limited to 2 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.
Applicant guidance on the Corona pandemic

Interested?
If you have further questions, simply contact Juan Aguirre, PhD, email: juan.aguirre@helmholtz-muenchen.de, tel.: +49 89 4140 9156, 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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