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Research associate (m/f/d) with the possibility to pursue a PhD in Reutlingen

Excellent research with a view to practical application: That is our claim at the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute in Reutlingen! We are a non-university research institute at the interface of biosciences and materials science. With our unique, interdisciplinary range of expertise, we are a strong partner in the field of research and development as well as by providing services for regional and international companies. Our services are aimed at companies in the healthcare industry as well as in vehicle, machine and tool construction and cover the broad spectrum of materials technology and quality control.

The Biophotonics and Spectroscopy group at the NMI and the Department for Medical Technologies & Regenerative Medicine at the University of Tübingen focuses on the application of microscopic and spectroscopic methods in biomedical research, in particular for non-invasive imaging of 3D in vitro models. Our group offers a position as a research associate (m/f/d, 65%) with the possibility to pursue a PhD (start date: September 2024)

Your tasks

We are seeking for an enthusiastic scientist to develop and analyze patient-derived in vitro models to study the pathogenesis of endometriosis in a microfluidic platform. The impact of the microenvironment, biomechanics and immunological drivers will be emulated in vitro and monitored using high content analyses for spatial and temporal resolution of pathomechanisms. The scope of work includes:

  • Cultivation of human primary cells and biomaterials for the development of an endometriosis-on-chip model

  • Implementation of in situ measurements (Raman, Multiphoton) of ex vivo tissues and 3D tissue models
  • Establishment of correlative data analysis pipelines for multimodal spectral imaging data (Raman, HSI, MALDI)
  • Presentation and publication of research results


  • Completed university studies (M.Sc.) in natural sciences or engineering

  • Previous practical experience in cell culture, histology and microfluidics is an advantage
  • Hands-on experience in advanced microscopy techniques (e.g. Raman, FLIM, multiphoton)
  • First experience in image analysis, multivariate data analysis and programming skills (e.g. Python, MATLAB, LabView)
  • Willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research activities (life science and engineering)
  • Very good knowledge of English as well as a structured, independent way of working

We offer

  • Working within an exciting multidisciplinary project and a highly innovative research topic

  • Highly motivated, competent and multidisciplinary team with scientific and technical staff
  • Excellent infrastructure and technical equipment
  • An exciting and dynamic working environment in application-oriented research institut
  • Free employee parking in the multi-storey car park
  • Work-life balance through flexible working hours and mobile working
  • Attractive "bridge day" arrangement as well as paid days off on 24/31 December
  • Staff events and excursions
  • Company pension scheme (VBL)
  • Recruitment and remuneration are in accordance with TV-L (collective agreement of the Länder)

Are you interested? Click on "Apply now". This will only take two minutes.

Frau Katja Rösslein


NMI Naturwissenschaftliches und Medizinisches Institut an der Universität Tübingen
Markwiesenstraße 55
72770 Reutlingen

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