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Postdoctoral Fellow: Multiphoton microscopy and adaptive optics, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

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Location:Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category:Postdoctoral Fellow
Contract Duration:2 years
Closing Date:9 November 2020
Reference Number:HD01846

The Prevedel group in Heidelberg is seeking a postdoc with an applied physics and/or engineering background to work on advanced multi-photon imaging techniques for applications in biology and neuroscience. In particular, the candidate will work on the development of new optical instrumentation with a particular emphasis on adaptive optics, wavefront shaping as well as infrared detector technology. Additionally, the successful candidate will team-up with biologists and mouse neuroscientists to apply the advances to current scientific questions. This project is part of a recently funded EU FET grant. The successful candidate is expected to take a strong lead on his/her project and start to develop independent ideas. Our multi-disciplinary lab provides an innovative, dynamic and constructive working environment for this purpose. More information about the Prevedel group can be found here: www.prevedel.embl.de The role is also advertised as Research Engineer for candidates pursuing different career path than the academic one: HD01851 Research Engineer: Multiphoton microscopy and adaptive optics

Your role

  • Design of mechanical, optical as well as electronic and software components of novel, custom-built multi-photon microscopes to collect 3D data from biological tissues.
  • Development of adaptive optics systems and wavefront control strategies as well as the integration of novel detection hardware into bespoke microscopes.
  • Demonstration of new intravital imaging technologies in close collaboration with other team members and biologists.
  • Dissemination of research results in scientific publications and presentations at international conferences.

You have

  • PhD (or equivalent qualification) in optical physics, engineering, or optical neuro-imaging and possessing advanced computer skills.
  • Experience in building complex optical setups, must be comfortable with complex technical equipment (including pulsed lasers) and preferably possess programming (Matlab, Python, LabView, or similar) and/or simulation skills (CAD, ZEMAX, or similar).
  • A keen interest in biological applications of new optical technologies as well as experience in supervising students and laboratory organization would be an advantage.

You should be able to work independently, be very well organized, reliable and enjoy working in an international team within a highly collaborative atmosphere. Excellent communication and presentation skills, a high level of motivation and fluency in English are required.

For additional information please visit the job offer.