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Scientist/Engineer Biophotonics & Spectroscopy (m/w/d)

The NMI is a member of the Innovation Alliance Baden-Württemberg. It is involved in application-oriented research at the interface between the life sciences and material science. An interdisciplinary team of scientists is developing new technologies for companies and public research sponsors in the areas of Pharma and Biotech, Biomedicine and Materials Science, and Material Analysis and Electron Microscopy.

The Biophotonics & Spectroscopy group at the NMI and the Department of Medical Technologies & Regenerative Medicine at the University Hospital Tübingen is engaged in the application of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques in biomedical research, in particular in non-invasive imaging of 3D in vitro models and the development of novel biomarkers.

This research group offers a position as scientist/engineer (m/f/d), starting as early as possible.


Your tasks

At your position as scientist in the Biophotonics & Spectroscopy group you will be responsible for the development and application of non-destructive spectroscopic and imaging techniques and analytical methods. These will be used in particular in in vitro models for the study of (patho-)physiological and pharmacological effects.

Within the Wellcome LEAP program 'In Utero' a modular biosensor platform for the identification of new biomarkers will be developed. Here, phenotypic and metabolic changes of circulating markers and cells will be investigated and automatically tracked and evaluated.

The scope of work includes:

  • Setup and support of optical setups & workflows for the analysis of biological samples
  • Implementation of in situ measurements (Raman/Multiphoton/FLIM microscopy) of cells and 3D tissue models in microfluidic chips and in vitro models
  • Establishment of multivariate analysis models for marker-independent classification of new analytes e.g. circulating biomarkers
  • Presentation and publication of research results


Requirements and qualifications

  • Degree in natural sciences or engineering
  • Previous practical experience with optical systems, microscopy and/or spectroscopy (Raman, IR) required
  • Initial experience in multivariate data analysis and programming skills (e.g., Python, MATLAB, LabView) desirable
  • Experience in handling and preparation of biological samples (biofluids, cells, tissues) is an advantage
  • Very good knowledge of English as well as a structured, independent way of working
  • Willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research activities (engineering and life science)


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
  • Excellent infrastructure and technical laboratory equipment 
  • In-house bistro with fresh food every day
  • 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). The position is initially limited to 2 years.

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

+49 7121 5153070