PhD candidate in optoacoustic microscopy (f/m/d)

 TUM  Muenchen
Are you passionate about science, full of ideas and innovative potential and eager to develop emerging technologies for biology, healthcare and environmental applications? Then the Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) are the ideal environment for you! Headed by Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos, CBI scientists develop next-generation imaging and sensing methods to measure previously inaccessible properties of living systems, catalyzing breakthroughs in biology, medicine, and environmental monitoring.
CBI is the cornerstone of a rapidly expanding bioengineering ecosystem in the Munich science area; including the Research Center TranslaTUM and the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, which integrate bioengineering with oncology and metabolic disorders, respectively. Comprising 10 inter-disciplinary laboratories and scientists from more than 25 countries, CBI offers state-of-the-art infrastructure for innovative research and a perfect environment to accelerate your career. Our research aims at revolutionizing biological discovery and clinical 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. CBI 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 PhD candidate (f/m/d) to drive biomedical and clinical applications of a unique multimodal optical and optoacoustic microscopy imaging system.

Activities and responsibilities

Optoacoustic imaging combines high contrast and high resolution of optical excitation with deep penetration of ultrasound imaging. These characteristics give optoacoustic imaging a competitive edge over other imaging methods currently applied in biology and medicine. The successful candidate will develop and use hybrid microscopy for experimental investigations with high clinical relevance. High-resolution optoacoustic imaging will provide a wider feature set of investigational and clinical potential without the need to stain or label the tissue. The candidate will also be integral in further development of the optical imaging methodology, data analysis and image reconstruction as part of her/his PhD project. The development process will give the successful candidate the opportunity to strengthen her/his skills in state-of-the-art optics and laser technology and cutting-edge computational approaches. She/he will be involved in every stage of microscope design, testing and application, as well as with dissemination of results in the form of publications and potentially patents.

Qualification profile

The successful applicant must have the following:
  • Strong motivation, scientific curiosity and commitment to scientific excellence.
  • A degree in Physics, Optics, Engineering, Medical Technology or a related field.
  • An excellent academic study record.
  • Advanced programming capabilities (for example, Matlab, LabView, C/C++).
  • 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:
  • Experience in experimental research
  • Basic knowledge of microscopic imaging
  • Practical experience with laser-based optical systems.
  • Practical experience in hardware control, data acquisition and synchronization, system development and integration.

We offer

We offer you the unique chance to make a difference in future healthcare. At CBI, we strongly believe in scientific excellence and innovation. This is your opportunity to be part of and to advance your career in a world-leading research institute, where bioengineering principles meet today’s challenges in biology, medicine and the environment to develop the solutions of tomorrow.
CBI provides a highly international, multi-disciplinary environment with excellent opportunities for professional growth. You will be part of a dynamic, professional and highly motivated team within a stimulating environment and gain international exposure through our partners and collaborators across Europe. TUM offers a wide variety of inspiring and challenging PhD programs, which will supplement your research training with outstanding opportunities for career development, continued education and life-long learning.
Situated on the foothills of the Alps, Munich is consistently ranked as one of the most vibrant and enjoyable cities in the world, with an exceptionally quality of life. Greater Munich is also home to several world-class universities and research institutes, creating a truly inspiring intellectual atmosphere.
The successful applicant will initially have a 3-year contract, with the possibility of extension. Salary will be commensurate with work experience and seniority (TV-L E13-65%). As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.

Send application to

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application including your letter of motivation, CV and academic transcripts of records preferably in English and in a single PDF file, via email to cbi.recruitment@tum.de. Please indicate “PhD candidate in optoacoustic microscopy” in the subject line.
For any questions please contact:
Dr. Miguel Pleitez
email: miguel.pleitez@tum.de
tel.: +49 89 4140 9018
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI)
Ismaningerstr. 22
81675 Munich, Germany

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The Chair of Biological Imaging at Technical University of Munich is the cornerstone of a rapidly expanding bioengineering ecosystem in the Munich science area; including the Research Center TranslaTUM and the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, which integrate bioengineering with metabolic disorders and oncology, respectively. CBI scientists develop next-generation imaging and sensing methods to measure...
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