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Concept and Design droplet-based microfluidic systems with incorporated optical

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At the Leibniz ScienceCampus InfectoOptics in Jena infection biologists and photonics scientists work together to develop urgently needed novel optical diagnostic tools for infectious diseases. InfectoOptics combines research in the field of optical high technologies with current topics in infection biology. The InfectoOptics doctoral researchers are integrated into the Jena School for Microbial Communication (, a graduate training program funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation.
The Leibniz ScienceCampus InfectoOptics now invites applications for a
Doctoral Researcher Position TV-L E13 50% (Ref.No. 07/2015)
to conduct research on the project
Concept and Design droplet-based microfluidic systems with incorporated optical fibers
A smart, fiber bundle detection platform for droplet based microfluidics shall be developed. The idea is to detect forward and backward scattered / reflected/ transmissed light by placing bundled fibers at the input and the opposite output side of a microfluidic channel with picoliter droplets that contain microorganisms, e.g. pathogenes. A variety of detection methodologies that are linked to the structure of the microorganism can be applied to such a sensor setup, ranging from simple absorption and fluorescence measurements to advanced techniques such as Raman or back-/ forward scattered light analysis.

More projects details:

We expect:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Natural, Engineering or Photonics Sciences. Candidates about to earn their degree are welcome to apply.
  • desirable methodological skills: fundamentals of optical and mechanical modelling, manufacturing technologies, setup of laboratory devices, measurement techniques
  • high motivation and interest to join one of the interdisciplinary research areas of InfectoOptics
  • creativity and interest to shape your own thesis project
  • an integrative and cooperative personality with enthusiasm for actively participating in the Leibniz ScienceCampus Community
  • very good communication skills in English
We offer:
  • a highly communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities
  • a doctoral researcher position (TV-L E13, starting from 50%) funded for three years as well as generous basic research funding
  • a comprehensive mentoring program with supervision by a team of advisors
  • Membership at the Excellence Graduate School ‘Jena School for Microbial Communication’ (JSMC), currently encompassing around 135 dedicated doctoral researchers and providing a top-level PhD training program with courses in state-of-the-art research technologies and soft skills
  • Jena – City of Science: a young and lively town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centers of innovation and a vibrant cultural scene around the famous Friedrich Schiller University
Friedrich Schiller University and HKI are equal opportunity employers. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.


Art des Bewerbungszugangs
The application procedure takes place exclusively online via the JSMC website:
Please acquaint yourself with the open PhD projects and the application process described on this website. Selected applicants will be invited to attend a recruitment meeting in Jena (January 2016). Awarding decisions will be made shortly thereafter, allowing the projects to start immediately.

Application deadline: November 17, 2015
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
Katja Präfcke
Neugasse 23
07743 Jena


Details der Stellenanzeige

Befristete Anstellung
Berufserfahrung nicht vorausgesetzt
Deutschland (Thüringen)
07743 Jena
Biologie & Life Sciences, Chemie, Physik