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Scientist (m/f)

The Live-cell Imaging Facility (Dr. Péter Lénárt) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry will provide access to advanced light microscopy technologies and support - from sample preparation through image acquisition to image data analysis. The Facility’s aim is to enable researchers to answer key biological questions using the newest developments in imaging technologies. The Facility is seeking to recruit a Scientist (m/f) (Code Number 47-17) who jointly with the Facility head will be responsible for the daily operations, with emphasis on computational/software related tasks. This includes:

  • provision of standard software tools (booking system, microscope control and automation scripts, data storage, data processing workflows (e. g. deconvolution, segmentation, FRAP, FRET, FC(C)S));
  • providing walk-in service for expert advice on automated image acquisition, experimental design as well as image and data analysis;
  • involvement in research and development projects to support researchers at the Institute (e. g. custom microscope automation routines, image and data analysis tools, computational modeling);
  • contribute to training activities run by the Facility (one-on-one training and training courses).

The successful candidate will have experience in supporting biologists in imaging applications on commercial microscope systems and in automating these for complex, long-term, multimodal experiments (e.g. FRAP, PA, microsurgery, FC(C)S, FLIM and nanoscopy). Proficiency in performing standard image analysis tasks using common software tools (e.g. ImageJ, Matlab, R, Imaris, Arivis) and programming languages (e.g. Java, Python) is a key requirement. Expertise in modeling biological processes (e.g. to interpret FRAP, FRET, FC(C)S data), along with a good general understanding of biological problems is a major advantage. Excellent communication skills (German and English), and a PhD in natural sciences or a comparable qualification are also required.

The full-time position starts not later than 1 June 2018 and is initially limited for 2 years with an option to a long-term appointment. Payment and benefits are based on the TVöD guidelines.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Please send your application including a short letter of motivation, CV, a list of publications, and email addresses of two referees preferably via email as single PDF file with reference to the code number until December 4th, 2017 to

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Frau Cornelia Paz
Am Fassberg 11
D-37077 Göttingen


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