PhD Candidate in Acoustofluidics (f/m/d)

PhD Candidate in Acoustofluidics (f/m/d) in Jena

At the Leibniz Institute of Photonics Technology (Leibniz-IPHT) we are looking in the Research Department Nanobiophotonics, Work Group Microfluidics, for a part-time (50-75%) position for a

PhD candidate (f/m/d) in Acoustofluidics

The position is available from October 1st, 2024 and is initially limited to a period of 3 years.

An extension will be sought if suitable.

The Leibniz-IPHT is a university independent research institute with close connection to the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and member of the Leibniz association.

Job description:

The Microfluidics Research Group of the Leibniz-IPHT is developing microfluidic devices and technologies to support the development of new spectroscopic and image-based techniques in biomedical research and particle analytics. The offered position will be part of the research activities in the field of advanced imaging flow cytometry and is dedicated to the alignment of particles to the focal plane of an optical detection system. A review and introduction to the subject matter can be found at Kleiber et al. (2021) "Tomographic imaging flow cytometry." Lab. Chip 21(2021): 3655-3666

In this context, the position of a doctoral candidate is to be filled for the development of acoustofluidic techniques for particle manipulation in microfluidic devices.

Your field of activity includes:

  • Design, implementation and comprehensive characterization of acoustofluidic devices
  • Research and implementation of the infrastructure for measuring the characteristics of particle displacement under acoustic fields in 2D/3D
  • Application of Comsol-Multiphysics for numerical simulations and derivation of mathematical models for particle interaction with resonant ultrasonic fields and prediction of particle trajectories in microfluidic devices
  • Characterization and measurement of ultrasonic properties of chip materials and fluids, used in the experiment
  • The doctorate is planned as a cumulative PhD project with 3 peer-reviewed publications in highly approved scientific journals

Your qualification:

  • A completed university degree (Diploma/Master) of the Natural- or Engineering sciences
  • Good command of written and spoken English and German

Desired knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge of data processing and experimental design
  • Experiences in lab-work in chemical and biological laboratories
  • Willingness and interest in interdisciplinary scientific work
  • Willingness to take on teaching tasks in the context of supervising internships and courses
  • Experiences in object-oriented programming

Further information:

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Thomas Henkel, mail:

We offer:

  • An open welcoming culture and an inclusive and interdisciplinary working environment: Located on the Beutenberg campus in Jena, Leibniz-IPHT is home to more than 400 employees from around the world working at the interface of physics, biochemistry, technology, data science and medicine to develop the photonic technologies of tomorrow.
  • World-class equipment and facilities: Leibniz-IPHT has a large number of physics, chemistry and biology laboratories at the highest level. It also has state-of-the-art fiber drawing and clean room facilities as well as microfluidics fabrication and big data computing facilities.
  • Thorough and comprehensive personal training: Transferring good practices in scientific working and outreach is one of our main focus points. We'll teach everything that is needed for a career inside and outside of academia in a respectful and enjoyable way. Moreover, plenty of workshops and opportunities for scientific exchange are offered by the Leibniz IPHT, as well as the Abbe School of Photonics and the Graduate Academy of the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena.
  • A family-friendly working environment with support offers for the compatibility of family and work (e.g. parent-child rooms, campus kindergarten places, advice on family care situations from trained care guides and much more).
  • Flexible working time models as well as 30 days vacation/year, special annual payment and bridge days.
  • Jena - City of Science: a young city with a vibrant local cultural agenda!

About us:

We are a modern, internationally focused research institute. Work-life balance is one of our central concerns. We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of gender, disability, nationality or ethnic and social origin. If women are underrepresented in the area of the advertised position, they will be given preferential consideration in the hiring process if they are equally qualified.


Salary is in accordance with the regulations of the TV-L and your qualifications and experience.


Simply apply via our job portal ( or send your application with the usual documents until August 30th, 2024 by e-mail, preferably as one pdf file, quoting reference number 1290 to the:

Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology Jena e. V.

Human Resources

Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena


Reference Number: 1290

Notice: Please include a self-assessment of your German and English language skills and add available language certificates to your application. Please submit your complete application documents (Motivation letter, curriculum vitae, degrees, certificates, two reference addresses, other).

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