Fiber-based electro-static Paul traps for the in-vivo diagnostics of epidemic diseases

At the Leibniz ScienceCampus InfectoOptics in Jena infection biologists and photonics scientists work together to develop urgently needed novel optical diagnostic tools for infectious diseases. InfectoOptics combines research in the field of optical high technologies with current topics in infection biology. The InfectoOptics doctoral researchers are integrated into the Jena School for Microbial Communication (, a graduate training program funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation.
The Leibniz ScienceCampus InfectoOptics now invites applications for a
Doctoral Researcher Position TV-L E13 50% (Ref.No. 03/2015)
to conduct research on the project
Fiber-based electro-static Paul traps for the in-vivo diagnostics of epidemic diseases
The objective of the BLOODi project is to combat infectious diseases with advanced photonic technology. One particular important method to identify pathogenic species such as infected cells or bacteria is Raman spectroscopy of single objects. The aim of this PhD project is to establish a fundamentally new platform for in-vivo single particle Raman spectroscopy by implementing a fiber-based electro-static trap (Paul trap) at the end of a microstructure optical fiber. This approach is fundamentally novel and will allow for the first time in-vivo Raman-based diagnostics of particular diseases.
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We expect:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences (photonic, physics). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: spectroscopy, photonics, biophotonics
  • high motivation and interest to join one of the interdisciplinary research areas of InfectoOptics
  • creativity and interest to shape your own thesis project
  • an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the Leibniz ScienceCampus Community
  • very good communication skills in English
We offer:
  • a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities
  • a doctoral researcher position (TV-L E13, 50%) funded for three years as well as generous basic research funding
  • a comprehensive mentoring program with supervision by a team of advisors
  • Membership at the Excellence Graduate School ‘Jena School for Microbial Communication’ (JSMC), currently encompassing around 150 dedicated doctoral researchers and providing a top-level PhD training program with courses in state-of-the-art research technologies and soft skills
  • Jena – City of Science: a young and lively town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centers of innovation and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University
Friedrich Schiller University and HKI are equal opportunity employers. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

How to apply:
The application procedure takes place exclusively online via the JSMC website:

Please acquaint yourself with the open PhD projects and the application process described on this website. Selected applicants will be invited to attend a recruitment meeting in Jena (January 2016). Awarding decisions will be made shortly thereafter, allowing the projects to start immediately.

Application deadline: November 17, 2015
Send application to
Katja Präfcke
Neugasse 23
07743 Jena

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: Ref.No. 03/2015

About Jena School for Microbial Communication

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) is funded by the German Excellence Initiative . It conceptionally combines different research areas (microbial communities, interactions with plant, animal and human hosts and environmental interactions) to a comprehensive picture of microbial communication ( JSMC is an ambitious Graduate School currently hosting over...

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