Non-linear microscopy of full blood assay

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. 09/2015)
to conduct research on the project

Non-linear microscopy of full blood assay
The goal of the BLOODi project is to combat infectious diseases with advanced optical technologies. Imaging of cell migration and cell-cell interactions in whole blood poses an enormous challenge for optical technologies. The PhD project aims for the construction of a multi-focus multi-modal non-linear microscope particularly utilizing the contrast phenomena CARS (coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering) and Two-Photon-Excited Fluorescence (TPEF) for blood monitoring in a microfluidic device to characterize different infection scenarios, different pathogens and different immune responses.

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We expect:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences (physics, chemistry). Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: spectroscopy, microscopy, optics and 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, Jena University Hospital and IPHT 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. 09/2015

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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