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.

Are you passionate about science and full of ideas and innovative potential to drive change? Do you see yourself working in an international fast-paced, highly-competitive, scientific environment? If you are motivated by the societal impact of science and technology, if you seek an opportunity to play an active role in the development of emerging technologies for biology and healthcare; then, the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) in Munich, Germany and its integrated Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) 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.

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.

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 -  frequently yielding to high-impact papers, successful technology spin-offs and commercialization. Moreover, our studies are regularly featured in major news channels and have received broad recognition including several prestigious awards as well as considerable research funding from national and international sources.

We now seek a highly qualified and passionate

Postdoc in live-cell chemical microscopy (f/m/x) 100830

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Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will lead advances within an innovative microscopy program that develops live-cell optoacoustic microscopy with label-free molecular contrast. The goal is to expand the technical abilities and the application scope of vibrational microscopy to study metabolism in living cells and organoids by fast hyperspectral imaging, developing a new chemical-bond-specific imaging modality with no parallel.

The project is geared toward system and methodology development of an advanced imaging modality that delivers label-free metabolic imaging in living cells and tissues. We expect this endeavour to result in a substantial technology leap, leading to important biological breakthroughs and clinical translation.

Your qualifications

  • Strong motivation, scientific curiosity, and commitment to scientific excellence
  • A PhD in Physics, Optics, Engineering, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Medical Technology, or a related field
  • An outstanding academic 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 and command of the English language

The following qualifications are considered advantageous:

  • Proven experience in experimental research
  • Knowledge on microscopy
  • Practical experience with cell cultures, biological tissues, wet lab, etc.
  • Practical experience with laser-based optical systems
  • Practical experience in hardware control, data acquisition and synchronization, system development and integration

What we offer you

continuous education and training
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.

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

If you have further questions, simply contact Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Pleitez email:, 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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