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Early Stage Researcher (PhD candidate) (f/m/d) - Topic 1: Localizing the pathogen and monitoring host response in tissue infections

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

The Leibniz Institute of Photonics Technology (Leibniz-IPHT) offers within the European Industrial Doctorate IMAGE-IN: Imaging infections: integrated, multiscale visualization of infections and host response (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN-EID) of the European Commission) the position (100%) of an

Early Stage Researcher (PhD candidate) (f/m/d)

in the field of Optical Spectroscopy / Imaging / Analysis with the research topic “Localizing the pathogen and monitoring host response in tissue infections”.

The position should be filled between 1 January 2020 (the earliest) until 30 June 2020 (at the latest).

Funding of the position is available for 3 years and comprises an attractive training curriculum with international partners.

Objectives of the research project:

The MSCA-ITN-EID IMAGE-IN project combines powerful, multiscale imaging techniques with state-of-the-art data analysis methods to gain deeper insights into the pathogenesis of infections and host response. Your project will focus on tissue infections which are often difficult to diagnose and to treat. Different imaging modalities, such as haematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, 3D confocal and high resolution fluorescence imaging, label-free Raman spectroscopic imaging as well as focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM), will be used and their advantages combined.

Be part of the European Industrial Doctorate Network IMAGE-IN:

IMAGE-IN provides high level training to educate the next generation of researchers who can actively advance imaging technology for medical application (e.g. to generate the basis for new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches). You will gain full insight into the medical need, the spectroscopic techniques and the skills to handle and analyse large, multidimensional data. You will be embedded into a network of research and medical institutes as well as companies in Germany and Portugal that are experts in their fields. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with the Jena University Hospital. A research stay of 18 months is planned at the project partner BMD in Aveiro, Portugal (SME with excellent expertise in data analysis).


We seek an excellent, open-minded and team-spirited PhD candidate with a background in spectroscopy, imaging, physics, (bio)chemistry, analytics, photonics or similar. The successful candidate should have good knowledge and interest in both experimental and theoretical work. Interest in interdisciplinary research in the field of medicine, in particular infection research, spectroscopy/imaging and data analysis is expected. The interest to use and advance your programming skills is necessary as you need to carry out the analysis of large imaging data. Fluent communication skills in English, both spoken and written are required.

Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher eligibility criteria: (http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/). In particular, at the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in Germany for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.

We offer:

The successful candidate will be part of an excellent international research team and benefit from the scientific and complementary training programme of the EU-funded Innovative Training Network (ITN) IMAGE-IN. We offer highly competitive and attractive salaries according to regulations of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.

As an equal opportunity employer Leibniz-IPHT is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and therefore especially encourages them to apply.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Ute Neugebauer at ute.neugebauer@leibniz-ipht.de.

The application must be accompanied with the following documents in PDF format: • letter of motivation,

• curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages,

• transcripts of records from University/University College and copy of your degree • list of publications (if available),

• two written recommendation letters (e.g. one by your Master thesis supervisor) and the referees contact details

The positions will be filled as soon as a perfect candidate has been found. Please send your application electronically as pdf file

via mail until 31th May 2020 to:

Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology Jena Human Resources

Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena, Germany e-mail: Personal_Abtl@leibniz-ipht.de

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