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Core facility manager, Hamburg (D)

Published on July 30th, 2018.

The Center for Structural Systems Biology in Hamburg has a job opening for a core facility manager heading the brand-new Advanced Light and Fluorescence Microscopy Facility (ALFM):

The successful candidate will build-up and manage the newly created Advanced Light and Fluorescence Microscopy Facility (ALFM) at the Center for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB Campus Hamburg-Bahrenfeld). The ALFM currently comprises 10 microscopes in an S2 environment with SIM, GSD, confocal, live-cell and other fluorescence microscopes. The focus is on techniques to study the infection processes of pathogens and their effects on the host. Particular emphasis is placed on correlative cryo-microscopy using dedicated cryo-CLEM systems and a close connection to the CSSB cryo-EM facility. Proximity to DESY and European XFEL allows further correlation with structural biological methods.

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Post-doc in Biophysics & Image Analysis, Amsterdam (NL)

Published on July 9th, 2018.

Applications are welcome from early-career scientists with outstanding track records in the fields of image analysis, microbiology, biophysics. Selection of applicants starts immediately.

In an ERC funded project, the Kiers group (Evolutionary Biology, VU University) and the Shimizu group (Systems Biophysics, AMOLF) are accepting applications for a post-doc with exceptional skills in image analysis, microscopy, and/or modeling of transport processes in microbes.

Our aim is to track and analyze the dynamics of nutrient transport inside complex fungal networks in symbiosis with host plants. These fungi offer a unique opportunity to study complex flow patterns (bi-directional flow within random-graph networks) in a research context firmly embedded within an important biological question. Specifically, we are interested in the factors organizing fluid flow across fungal filament networks, and how information and resources are shared across these integrated networks.


  • Candidates should hold a Ph.D., with a strong background in image analysis, experimental physics and/or biophysics
  • Outstanding publication record
  • Excellent ability to communicate in both written and spoken English
  • Ability to start within 2 months

Find out more information on the following link: Post-doc_Biophysics_Image_Analysis_Amsterdam.pdf

2Photon intra vital microscopy staff scientist, Bonn

Published on July 9th, 2018.

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases.

The Light Microscopy Facility at DZNE in Bonn (LMF), offers a collection of state of the art equipment to scientist from the DZNE and visitors

We are looking for individuals with a high motivation to work in a service oriented team. Experience with 2Photon intra vital microscopy and fluency in English is required. A graduate degree (Bachelor or higher or equivalent) in natural sciences or engineering science is considered a benefit. Further experience in engineering, applied optics, and advanced light microscope techniques like total internal reflection microscopy, stereology, laser microdissection, spinning disk microscopy, or single plain illumination microscopy is preferred, but not essential.

Closing date: September 15, 2018

Find out more information on the following link:

Scientific officer Advanced Light Microscopy Facility EMBL, Heidelberg

Published on July 5th, 2018.

The Advanced Light Microscopy Facility at EMBL Heidelberg (ALMF) offers a collection of state of the art equipment and image processing tools to support in-house scientists and visitors in using light microscopy methods for their research. In collaboration with the Electron Microscopy Facility the ALMF also offers a service in correlative light and electron microscopy.

The successful candidate will work in the Advanced Light Microscopy Facility. (S)he will teach and support users in high content and high throughput microscopy technology. This includes all aspects of assay development with respect to automated high throughput image acquisition, image data analysis and large-scale data management. Post holder will also write custom software packages that allow users to conduct experiments at large scale automatically and if necessary develop custom hardware in collaboration with the EMBL workshops and industrial partners. (S)he will also develop custom software for image analysis of user data and will participate in the testing and establishing of cutting edge microscopy technology equipment in collaboration with the industrial partners of the facility. Post holder will participate in the organization and teaching of international courses on advanced and high throughput, high content microscopy techniques.

Find out more information on the following link:

Microscopy and Image Analysis Specialist (Postdoc), Berlin

Published on June 8th, 2018.

Within the activities of the collaborative research network (SFB-TR 84, Innate Immunity of the Lung), the newly founded Development Center for Multidimensional Imaging (Charité - Zeiss), and the Charité research center 3R, imaging based investigations of three- dimensional human tissue and organoid models aim to reveal basic (patho-)physiological mechanism in infection and immunity. For strengthening this area, the Hocke Lab (Molecular Imaging of Immunoregulation) offers a postdoctoral position with strong emphasis on high-end imaging.

Your area of responsibility: Responsible running of an advanced microscopic environment including the following techniques:

  • Spectral microscopy (confocal, FRET, FLIM), super-resolution (PALM,STORM, SIM), live-cell and -tissue imaging, perspectively (lattice) light sheet
  • Development of new imaging techniques and applications for the research field with industrial partners
  • Digital image processing / analysis including automation by machine / deep learning
  • Cell and tissue preparation, infection / stimulation
  • Education of young scientists, guidance of thesis candidates

Further information: Job offer Hocke Lab.pdf

Technical Assistant (BTA/CTA/MTA) in part time (50%), Freiburg

Published on June 5th, 2018.

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, Germany invites applications for a Technical Assistant (BTA/CTA/MTA) in part time (50%) for our Imaging Facility (Head: Dr. Sergiy Avilov). The position is initially for 2 years. The Imaging Facility is part of the institute's scientific infrastructure. It currently has 8 advanced microscopes.

The candidate will support Facility staff in technical and organizational matters to ensure smooth running of Imaging Facility. This includes introductions of users to microscopes and software, troubleshooting, checks and maintenance of the instruments and other tasks.

Further information: Job offer MPI Freiburg.pdf

Two Leica Application Specialists Widefield Microscopy (m/f), Berlin or Hamburg or Mannheim

Published on June 4th, 2018.

Leica Microsystems is searching for two skilled and ambitious scientists or application specialists with a high motivation to continue to work with widefield microscopes for a world leader in microscopy.


  • Sales Application Support to maximise the turnover for widefield microscopy within EMEA, location & main responsibility either Berlin area or Hamburg area or Mannheim area
  • Demonstration of advanced widefield microscope systems to customers with the intention to convince them of our solution
  • Training for customers and employees of Leica Microsystems
  • Organizing and supporting events, workshops and seminars
  • Interaction with marketing for event organization
  • Collecting market intelligence and providing market feedback
  • Member of a strong team of sales support specialists in EMEA


  • Academic grade in natural sciences
  • Excellent personal expertise in the field of microscopy and its applications within the life sciences
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Fluent in German and English
  • Target oriented work and sales skills
  • Ability to travel, part of the time in EMEA

Further information: Job offer Leica.docx

Postdoctoral position, Judkewitz Lab, Berlin

Published on April 26th, 2018.


- 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.

Your profile:

- Strong background in engineering, physics, neuroscience 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 (preferably two-photon or other laser scanning microscopes) - Programming skills (ideally in MATLAB or Python) and experience with hardware interfacing - Preferable, but not a must: experience with optical design software (e.g. ZEMAX) and 3D CAD software (Solidworks)

Find out more information on the following link:

Microscopy Specialist (m/f), IMP-Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna

Published 25th of April, 2018

The primary responsibility of the microscopy specialist is to provide training on all instrumentation and guidance concerning all microscopy-related subjects, including project planning, sample preparation and staining, microscope selection, evaluation and configuration. In addition, the person filling this position is involved in maintenance of the instrument park as well as regular performance checks of the optical systems and will perform necessary alignment and calibrations.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant field and should have a minimum of 3 years of experience directly related to the job description. A solid background in light-microscopy techniques and their application to biological questions as well as the readiness to teach and work with multiple users is a must, experience in instrument automation and image analysis using Python or similar is a strong asset.

The candidate should be able to work as part of a team, be highly self-motivated reliable and well organized. Fluency in English together with good communication and interpersonal skills are required, basic skills in German are advantageous. The candidate should be an enthusiastic, service-oriented team player willing to help scientists with basic and advanced aspects of microscopy.

Find out more information on the following link:

Postdoctoral position, Judkewitz Lab, Berlin

Published 6th of March, 2018


  • 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

Published 11th of January, 2018

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, AK Stelzer, Frankfurt am Main

Published 11th of January, 2018

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:

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:

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

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Dr. Frédéric Bonnet / Microscopist, currently Dresden

published on 12 April 2018

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