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Early Stage Researcher (PhD candidate) (f/m/d) - Topic 2: Analysis and visualization of dynamic host responses in animal models with systemic infections by using MRI in-vivo

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 Spectroscopy / Imaging / Analysis with the research topic

“Analysis and visualization of dynamic host responses in animal models with systemic infections by using MRI in-vivo”


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 the disturbed autoregulation of organ blood flow which is a result of dysregulated host response during severe systemic infection and inflammation, such as sepsis. You will establish new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to visualize and assess metabolic and haemodynamic organ function in non-invasive, longitudinal studies and correlate those results to molecular imaging and spectroscopy of organ dysfunction.

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

IMAGE-IN thus 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 imaging and 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. Work will be carried out in close collaboration with the Jena University (8 months of secondment for the MR imaging and continuous mentoring). Furthermore, the project contains an 18 months research stay in Aveiro, Portugal, for statistical data analysis, including visits to CoimbraMed for interpretation of images.


We seek an excellent, open-minded and team-spirited PhD candidates with a background in spectroscopy, imaging, physics, (bio)chemistry, 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. Fluent communication skills in English, both spoken and written and knowledge of at least one programming language 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. Rainer Heintzmann at rainer.heintzmann@leibniz-ipht.de

or 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

Code: 2019_28_topic2

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