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Optoelectronics Technician/Engineer

Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – (HKI, www.leibniz-hki.de) develops new technologies that are used to identify natural products, to characterize their function and exploit their mechanisms of action, and investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi. The Bio Pilot Plant at the HKI invites talented and highly gifted candidates to apply for the position of a

Optoelectronics Technician/Engineer

starting as soon as possible for two years initially.

Research Area: The research of the Microfluidics Group at the Bio Pilot Plant has been focused on the establishment of a droplet-based microfluidic strategy to exploit microbial diversity and screen with ultra-high throughput for bacteria producing novel natural products. As pioneers in the encapsulation and cultivation of cells and microorganisms in droplets, we are further developing our microfluidic platform to address all the details required for its effective application. To further expand the applicability of our technology and upgrade it with the latest innovations in optical detection systems, we initiated, under the frame of the Leibniz Science Campus InfectoOptics, an interdisciplinary cooperation project between the HKI Bio Pilot Plant, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF and the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technology IPHT.

The successful candidate will design, construct and optimize optical circuits tailored for the established droplet microfluidic platform. Additionally, he/she will configure detection systems (PMTs) and interfaces for signal acquisition and processing (FPGA). Work will take place in a dynamic and highly motivated group. Within the group, the Engineer will experience a strong support based on lively collaboration and friendly interaction between the interdisciplinary scientists and access to state-of-art equipment. In addition, the applicant will have all possibilities to realize own innovative ideas and develop new projects while contributing to the organization within the Microfluidics Group.

Main Requirements
  • A degree/experience in engineering, physics or related disciplines
  • Advanced knowledge in electro-optical components for signal acquisition and processing
  • Good knowledge in design of analog and digital circuits
  • Experience in layout of analog and digital PCBs
  • Advanced programming skills in C/C++ for microcontrollers and LabView
  • Relevant software knowledge (Lab View, MatLab)
  • Strong interest in biological application of microfluidic techniques, enriching the multidisciplinarity of the group
  • The candidate should embrace working in an international, interdisciplinary research team
  • Ability for team-oriented as well as creative and independent work
  • Very good communication skills in English
Additional Skills
  • Experience in microfluidic research and/or flow cytometry, microsystems or biomedical engineering would be an advantage
  • Software knowledge (Zemax or similar)
  • Programming (V)HDL, esp. for FPGA
The research group is embedded in the outstanding scientific environment of the Beutenberg Campus providing state-of-art research facilities and a highly integrative network of life science and technical science institutes and groups. We offer excellent technical facilities, a place in a committed team, as well as strong scientific collaborations. Salary is paid according to German TV-L. The HKI is an equal opportunity employer. The position will be filled as soon as possible.

Further information:    Dr. Martin Roth | +49 3641 532 1127 | martin.roth@leibniz-hki.de
Dr. Oksana Shvydkiv | +49 3641 532 1102 | oksana.shvydkiv@leibniz-hki.de

Complete applications in English should include a CV, a complete list of publications, a brief statement of research experiences, the addresses of two possible referees, and should be submitted by 18.10.2015 referring to HKI job posting No. 23/2015 to jobs@leibniz-hki.de.

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Über Leibniz-Institut für Naturstoff-Forschung und Infektionsbiologie

The Leibniz-Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (HKI) identifies and investigates natural products produced by microorganisms, mainly fungi, to understand their role as mediators of biological communication and to use them for the elucidation of cellular processes. Furthermore, scientists at the Institute are interested in understanding the pathobiology of...

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