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In-vivo and real-time Raman spectroscopic characterization of intracellular infections

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 (www.jsmc.uni-jena.de), a graduate training program funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation.
The Leibniz ScienceCampus InfectoOptics now invites applications for two
Doctoral Researcher Positions TV-L E13 50% (Ref.No. 15/2015)
to conduct research on the project
In-vivo and real-time Raman spectroscopic characterization of intracellular infections

Within the InfectoOptics project IntraInf, non-invasive photonic methods will be developed and utilized to decipher complex polymicrobial intracellular infections in real-time in cell culture models. Within this Ph.D. project, Raman spectroscopic imaging conditions shall be advanced to enable extended in-vivo imaging. Furthermore, advanced image analysis algorithms shall be developed and applied to characterize the infection scenarios using the spectroscopic data.
More projects details: www.jsmc.uni-jena.de/phd-program/fellowship-application/vacant-projects/

We expect:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences (Physics, Spectroscopy, Optics, Photonics or similar). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: insights into spectroscopy (especially Raman and fluorescence), experience with microscopy, one programming language (e.g. R or Matlab), basics of cell cultivation
  • 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 an interdisciplinary 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 135 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, Jena University Hospital and IPHT are equal opportunity employers. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Contact detail

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

Email: apply@jsmc.info

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Thüringen)
Working place
07743 Jena
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics