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Automatic quantification of cell morphology

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. 06/2015)
to conduct research on the project

Automatic quantification of cell morphology

The scientific aim of the project BLOODi is establish the concept of a dynamic hemogram from whole blood infection assays. Within the dynamic hemogram information on the migration and interaction of blood cells is captured and utilized as novel source of information. The information will be tested as biomarker to characterize whole blood infections. The focus of the outlined PhD project is the quantification of morphological changes of white blood cells occurring while an infection is ongoing and to investigate if these morphological changes are dependent on the causing pathogens.
More projects details:
We expect:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural Sciences (physics, mathematics) Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: programming skills in Python, Matlab or R
  • 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.
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
How to apply:
The application procedure takes place exclusively online via the JSMC website:
Send application to
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: InfectoOptics 06/2015

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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