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Postdoctoral position, Judkewitz Lab, Berlin


  • Develop cutting-edge deep-tissue imaging techniques based on two- and three-photon microscopy, wavefront shaping and adaptive optics.
  • Collaborate with neuroscientists and implement your designs in vivo to study the function of deep-seated neural circuits.


  • Strong academic background in engineering, physics and/or biomedical imaging
  • Experience in one or more of the following: optical microscope design, adaptive optics, wavefront shaping
  • Hands-on experience in building optical setups
  • Programming skills, ideally in MATLAB or Python and experience with hardware interfacing

Find out more information on the following link:

Research Associate, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

As part of the LOEWE research area DynaMem (Dynamics of Membranes: Molecular Bases and Theoretical Description), a research associate position in the workgroup Ernst Stelzer (Quantitative dynamics with light-disc fluorescence microscopy) is to be filled for a term of 3.5 years from 01.04.2018.

Detailed information on the workgroup can be found on the project website:

The position requires a Master's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Physics or comparable at a scientific university in Germany or abroad. Knowledge in the mentioned areas of research depending on the research topic is especially desired.

Applications with curriculum vitae, reference contacts, certificates and motivation letters should be sent in electronic form (PDF) to Prof. Ernst H.K. as soon as possible. Please send applications to ( and Dr. med. Bernd Märtens (

Researcher / Employee, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, AK Stelzer (Physical Biology Department)

initially contracted until 31.12.2020. There is the possibility of extension.

Duties include:
  • Independent scientific teaching in the introductory phase of the Biosciences Bursary in the amount of 4 LVS and is obliged to continue teaching in higher education.
  • Conception and coordination of the project "Image-based systems biology" (joint project study of the faculties of physics, chemistry and life sciences) as well as cross-disciplinary coordination of teaching contents with participating teachers.
  • Participation in the deliverance of the course as well as guidance and counselling of other teachers

The position also serves the scientific qualification of the job holder, therefore there is the possibility of self-determined research.

Requirements: You have ideally completed a scientific university degree in the life sciences or a comparable discipline with a doctorate and have:

  • Interests in interdisciplinary scientific teaching and research topics of the participating disciplines (biology, physics, chemistry)
  • Interest in joining the Frankfurt Center for Advanced Light Microscopy (FCAM)

The applications with the usual documents (please in a pdf document) please send as soon as possible by e-mail to Prof. Dr Ernst H.K. Stelzer:

Light Microscopy Application Specialist, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Published 4th of January, 2018

CFIM was inaugurated in 2010 and services approximately 700 users from The Faculty of Health Sciences, other faculties and universities and commercial companies with access to state of the art light- and electron microscopes within life science research. CFIM is run by a dynamic, highly international working group with members from Denmark, Italy, Iran, Germany, USA and Spain.

On a daily basis the successful applicant will be in charge of maintaining the light microscopes and the GMO1 certified wet cell prep lab at CFIM. The position will also involve the development and implementation of new microscopy applications, training and supervising CFIM users, as well as teaching and instructing at CFIM courses in light microscopy.

Further information:

Director, Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities, Vienna

Published 4th January, 2018

The Vienna BioCenter (VBC), is one of the leading multidisciplinary biomedical research centers in Europe and the premier location for Life Sciences in Austria. Its research institutions include the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), the Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI), and the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL). The VBC further hosts 17 biotech companies. The VBC has attracted excellent scientists from 70 different nations as well as substantial private and public funding.

The Director is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all scientific, technology and management aspects of the VBCF core facilities in interaction with the shareholders and the funding bodies.

The candidate is expected to have a background in molecular biology (PhD degree), excellent organizational, communication, leadership, and management skills. He/she should have at least 10 years experience in research and management in academia or the private sector

Further information: Job offer

Imaging Specialist (part-time) - Advanced Light Microscopy Technology Platform, Berlin

Published on 10th January, 2018

Part-time position (3 days (24h)/week as "Elternzeitvertretung") for a highly motivated person who is interested to support users of the advanced light microscopy technology platform and to gain expert knowledge about high-end imaging methods.

Duties include:

  • Maintenance of the daily operation of the facility infrastructure,
  • User training:
    • Ad-hoc assistance and trouble-shooting at mostly high-end confocal microscopes,
    • Facilitating user microscope tutorials
    • Dependent on experience: projects-based user support in image acquisition and data processing

Further information: Job offering

Scientific Officer - Advanced Light Microscopy Facility, Heidelberg

Published on 10th January, 2018

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), Rome (Italy).

For service provision in laser scanning and super-resolution microscopy the ALMF has a vacancy for a scientific officer to support users of the facility in all aspects of a light microscopy experiment. He/she will also participate in the set-up, testing and running of light microscopy equipment in collaboration with the industrial partners of the facility. He/she will participate in the organisation and teaching of courses on light microscopy techniques for in house scientists as well as those participating in international training courses.

Candidates should have a university degree in either life sciences, physics or engineering, preferably with a PhD. Experience in advanced light microscopy techniques, including super-resolution microscopy, image analysis and sample preparation and their application to biological questions is essential. Fluency in English is compulsory.

Further information:

Project Manager/Microscopist (50%), Freiburg

published on 20 December 2017

MIAP-Freiburg is funded by the DFG call for “Core facilities” with the aim to connect and foster microscopy and image analysis resources in Freiburg at the ALU, the University Clinic, the Max-Planck Institute for Immunbiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques. Facilities in the Tri-national Biovalley Rhine area (Basel, Strasburg) are integrated, too.

The candidate(s) should be ready to work in a dynamic international multi-user environment where primarily the following tasks have to be covered in the MIAP team:

a) Integration and Excellence: Establishing a highly competitive and Europe-wide visible platform for microscopy and image analysis.

b) Organizing a regular series of international, interdisciplinary workshops and seminars as a direct interface between academia and industry.

c) User education and mentoring - Professional training and development of staff.

Further information: MIAP_Freiburg_50_percent_position_parental_leave.pdf

Postdoctoral position, Paris (France)

published on 15 December 2017

Several postdoctoral positions are opened at
 the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) to visualize the topological and functional dynamics of small regulatory pieces of
 DNA, called enhancers, in the animal genome. Successful candidates will join a collaborative
 and interdisciplinary venture in the newly formed unit Physics of Biological Function of biophysicist Thomas Gregor.

The Unit for the Physics of Biological Function at Institut Pasteur studies the basic physical principles that govern the existence of multicellular life. A core focus of the lab is to understand biological development–the complex process through which an organism grows from a single cell into a differentiated, multicellular organism–from a physics perspective.

Further information: Gregor_Pasteur_postdoc_pbf.pdf

Microscopy and Imaging Engineer, Paris (France)

published on 15 December 2017

The newly founded unit Physics of Biological Function of biophysicist Thomas Gregor at Institut Pasteur is seeking to fill two open position at the engineer level to perform microscopy and imaging related research. Candidates with strong interest in interdisciplinary optical microscopy and biophysics research will be expected to build microscopes, run live imaging experiments and execute image processing and analysis routines.

The Unit for the Physics of Biological Function at Institut Pasteur studies the basic physical principles that govern the existence of multicellular life. A core focus of the lab is to understand biological development–the complex process through which an organism grows from a single cell into a differentiated, multicellular organism–from a physics perspective.

Further information: Gregor_Pasteur_engineer_pbf.pdf

Sales Specialist Cell Analysis (GE Healthcare), Northern Germany

published on 12 December 2017

In this role you will develop sales within the respective sales Region (North/East Germany, Poland) of Cell Analysis Equipment (High/Super resolution microscopes & high content screening systems).

Further information:

Bioimaging Expert (100%), in Osnabrück

published on 1 December 2017

The Center of Cellular Nanoanalytics (CellNanOs) at the University of Osnabrück seeks a Bioimaging Expert for the operation and scientific support of the DFG-funded bioimaging core facility iBiOs (integrated Bioimaging Facility Osnabrück). The position is to be filled at earliest convenience. Payment is according Germany pay scale E13 TV-L, full time. Contract is initially fixed for 3 years, and extensions are anticipated.

Application deadline: 12 January 2018.

Further information:

Light Microscopy Specialist, in Dresden

published on 1 September 2017

The Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (CMCB), central unit of the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and umbrella organization for CRTD, BIOTEC and BCUBE, offers a position for an outstanding applicant with scientific qualification as

Light Microscopy Specialist (f/m)

at the earliest possible date. The position is funded by the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD),DFG research centre and cluster of excellence of the TUD, working in the areas of hematology/immunology, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases as well as bone regeneration. The contract is initially limited until 31.12.2018 with a possibility of extension. The main scope of the applicant is to serve the facility users. A PhD degree and strong background in natural sciences, preferably in Physics, Biophysics or a closely related subject is expected.

For additional information please check the job offer.

Bioinformatician, in Düsseldorf

published on 14 August 2017

The Neurosurgical Clinic at the Medical Center of the Heinrich-Heine University, in Düsseldorf, Germany is looking for a bioinformatician (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterstelle). The contract is according to federal law (TV-L) in full time (100%) for an initial phase of 3 years starting from 1 st October.

The versed bioinformatician should hold a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in related field or be in the final year of the respective doctoral study. The main task of the successful candidate is the processing and evaluation of statistical and bioinformatical data acquired via high through put technologies- particularly NGS and optical data. The field of research is brain cancer and neural stem cell research.

Further information: Job_listing_bioinformaticion_HHU.pdf

Technische Mitarbeiterin / Technischer Mitarbeiter (bis 10 TVöD), in Berlin

published on 13 July 2017

Das Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) sucht für das Fachgebiet ZBS 4 Spezielle Licht- und Elektronenmikroskopie in der Abteilung ZBS Znetrum für Biologische Gefahren und Spezielle Pathogene eine/-n Technische/-n Mitarbeiter/-in. Die Aufgaben umfassen:

  • Anwendung spezieller Lichtmikroskopie-Verfahren für die Bearbeitung von wissenschaftlichen Projekten.
  • Einweisung und Betreuung von Nutzerinnen und Nutzern an den speziellen Lichtmikroskopen.
  • Technische Betreuung.
  • ...

Weiter Informationen: Stellenangebot_Robert_Koch_Institut.pdf

Applikationsspezialist (m/w) PU Life Science Research, in Münster

published on 26 June 2017

Olympus Soft Imaging Solutions GmbH entwickelt und produziert als weltweites „Center of Excellence“ von Olympus intelligente Soft- und Hardwarelösungen für den Bereich der Mikroskopie und sucht für die Abteilung Forschung & Entwicklung eine(n) ApplikationsspezialistIn verantwortlich für:

  • Technische und applikative Unterstützung sowie Betreuung der globalen Olympus-Vertriebsgesellschaften und des Vertriebs bei der Produktvermarktung.
  • Produktpräsentationen und Trainings
  • Installation und Support der Produkte
  • ...

Further Information: Olympus_Applikationsspezialist_PU_LSRE.pdf

Light Microscopy Imaging Specialist (m/f), in Dresden

published on 26 June 2017

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Dresden, Germany is searching for a Light Microscopy Imaging Specialist (m/f) who will be part of the team of 5 imaging specialists at the Light Microscopy Facility (LMF) of the MPI-CBG.

LMF MPI-CBG is one of the largest open access imaging facilities in Germany. It offers 25 advanced imaging systems to about 230 users per year who book around 35 000 hours of instrument time annually. LMF provides the following imaging technologies: wide-field microscopy, laser scanning confocal microscopy, two-photon microscopy, spinning disk confocal microscopy, TIRF microscopy, super resolution light microscopy, light sheet microscopy and laser capture microdissection.

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Microscopist(100%), in Dresden

published on 15 June 2017

The Experimental Center at the University of Technology in Dresden (TUD) is seeking a Light Microscopy Specialist (100%) for the Core Facility Cellular Imaging (CFCI). The position is immediately available and will be offered for one year. The CFCI is equipped with 5 widefield and two confocal laser scanning microscopes and a spinning disk system. The central facility provides service and expertise for all research groups of the Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus. The candidate is expected to maintain the systems and to give technical advice to the users.

Required qualifications:

  • Degree (Master, Diploma or higher) in life sciences (biology/physics/optics or other natural or life sciences)
  • Experience in basic as well as advanced light microscopy techniques
  • High degree of motivation, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to

interact with users from different research groups

  • verbal and written communication skills in English

Further Information:

Coordinator of Microscopy Unit, in Münster

published on 12 June 2017

Within the framework of the local Cluster of Excellence 'Cells in Motion – CiM' we are seeking an ambitious and service-oriented scientist with excellent organizational and communicational skills to coordinate the microscopy unit of a university-wide imaging network. The position will initially be for 3 years with the possibility of permanency upon positive evaluation.

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Head of the Central Light Microscopy Facility, in Heidelberg

published on 1 June 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Medical Research invites applications of scientists for the postition of Head of the Central Light Microscopy Facility. The successful candidate is expected to contribute scientific and technical expertise in optical microscopy, especially related to advanced imaging systems. He/she will support colleagues in executing microscopy tasks including data acquisition and analysis. He/she will also be responsible for the selection and support of microscopy hardware and software. The starting date of the position is October 2017 or a later agreed-upon date. The position will be initially for two years, but the possibility to transfer it into a permanent position exists. The candidate should have a PhD in a natural sciences discipline or a comparable qualification.

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Scientist / IT Engineer - Image Analysis in LM & EM, in Heidelberg

published on 1 June 2017

The Centre for Molecular and Cellular Imaging (CMCI) at the EMBL supports projects on biological imaging at EMBL at different scales of biological organization, from the atom to the organism. The core mission of the Centre is to provide support in image analysis of light and electron microscopy data. Therefore the CMCI is searching for a scientist with strong background in computational image data analysis and extensive experience in applications to biological questions.

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Scientist, in Frankfurt

published on 05 April 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research is a research institute focused on understanding the brain. Researchers from various disciplines (e.g. biology, physics, mathematics, engineering) work together on this challenging and exciting topic in our modern research building at the Campus Riedberg. The state-of-the-art imaging facility strongly supports the scientists in our institute with high expertise and the latest equipment providing various types of modern microscopes and optical methods. In addition to our support of the ongoing scientific work at our institute, we are developing and implementing cutting-edge tools in the areas of optics and microscopy to advance the research be-yond what is currently possible. For the support of the imaging facility, we are looking for a

The following requirements should be fulfilled:

  • Degree (Masters, Diploma or higher) in physics or life sciences
  • Excellent knowledge of principles and methods of optics and microscopy (including fluorescence, confocal microscopy, contrast enhancing methods for transmission microscopy, proper-ties of light sources and detectors)
  • Longterm experience with commercial microscopes, in particular with confocal laserscanning microscopes
  • Experience in designing, implementing and maintaining optical systems
  • Experience in characterizing optical system and microscopes as well as carrying out quality control on microscopes
  • Experience with data analysis (in particular image analysis) in a programming language (ideally Matlab)
  • Experience with software for image processing (e.g. ImageJ, Imaris, Arivis, Amira)
  • Fluent in English and German
  • High degree of motivation and self-reliance combined with excellent organizational and team work skills

The following additional qualifications are welcome:

  • PhD in physics or life sciences
  • Experience with biological research, ideally in the field of neuroscience
  • Experience in working in an imaging facility
  • Experience in working with two-photon excited fluorescence and / or harmonic generation and/or superresolution microscopes and/or biological samples (cell culture, brain slices, in vivo experiments)
  • Experience with additional physiological techniques (e.g. patch clamp recordings)
  • Knowledge of electronics, e.g. for device control

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Postdoctoral fellow in microscopy, in Munich

published on 21 March 2017

The Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich and the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) of the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Munich, Germany are seeking a highly qualified and motivated Postdoctoral fellow in microscopy (f/m). Fueled by a novel ERC award, the successful candidate will make seminal contributions within an innovative microscopy program which combines optical and optoacoustic methods with microfluidic approaches for next-generation biological sensing.

A successful applicant should have:

  • High motivation, scientific curiosity and commitment to scientific excellence
  • University degree with a Ph.D in physics, engineering or a related field.
  • Documented excellence in studies (high cumulative bachelor’s and Master’s grades, scientific publications)
  • Experience in at least one of optics, lasers, microscopy, microfluidics or cell sensing areas.
  • Programming skills in MATLAB / Labview for device control and synchronization
  • Team player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment
  • Excellent command of the English language

Further Information:

Microscopists/Project Manager (100%), in Freiburg

published on 15 February 2017

The Life Imaging Center (LIC) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University (ALU) in Freiburg is seeking a Microscopists/Project Manager (100%) for the Microscopy and Image Analysis Platform Freiburg (MIAP-Freiburg). MIAP-Freiburg is funded by the DFG call for “Core facilities” with the aim to connect and foster microscopy and image analysis resources in Freiburg at the ALU, the University Clinic, the Max-Planck Institut for Immunbiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques. Facilities in the Tri-national Biovalley Rhine area (Basel, Strasburg) will be integrated, too. Required qualifications:

  • Master (Ms.Sc.) and preferably a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in biology/physics/optics or other natural or life sciences areas
  • Experience in basic as well as advanced light microscopy techniques
  • Proactive team players with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and who enjoy working with and connecting people from different scientific areas
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Further Information: MIAP_Freiburg_Project_manager-Microscopist.pdf

Permanent BioImaging/BioInformatics position available, in Berlin

published on 31 January 2017

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has opened a new permanent BioImaging/BioInformatics-related position.

Further Information (in German language):

Scientist / Application Engineer / Physicist, in Tübingen

published on 9 January 2017

To strengthen our Microscopy Unit at the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research in Tübingen, Germany, ( we are seeking a Scientist / Application Engineer / Physicist.

We are looking for a highly motivated, team-oriented individual to work closely together with biologists on different types of microscopes (2photon-, fluorescence-, laser scanning-microscopes). Projects in the group include e.g. long-term intravital and slice culture imaging experiments and characterisation of newly developed fluorophores. Responsibilities of the position include the maintenance, user training and continued development of our microscope setups as well as support in image analysis. The applicant is expected to have experience in techniques using light and fluorescent microscopy, image analysis and will need to have or develop an excellent understanding of 2-photon microscopy. To fill this position, competence in optics, microscopy and image analysis is essential. Preference will be given to applicants with programming/scripting skills and/or a (neuro-)biological background.

The position is initially for two years but can be extended into a permanent staff fellow position. Interested applicants should send a CV as soon as possible (preferentially until Jan 31, 2017) by e-mail to Dr. Angelos Skodras ( or Prof. Mathias Jucker (

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