Research data and application specialist for microscopy (f/m/d)

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The Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg (LIN Magdeburg) is a member of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz association (WGL), which unites 97 research institutes in Germany. LIN Magdeburg has a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to study learning and memory mechanisms at different levels of the brain organization – from molecules to single cells and local circuits to complex networks. Studying learning and memory on different spatial and temporal scales requires multimodal imaging techniques at various levels and generates huge amounts of high-dimensional data, reaching levels of complexity that can only be unravelled by the use of state-of-the-art information technology.

For the implementation of the research and application platform „Combinatorial NeuroComputing“ (NeuroCom) we are looking for a highly motivated person as

Research data and application specialist for microscopy (f/m/d)

firstly for a 2-year fixed-term period (in accordance with the availability of funds and individual requirements) in full time with a salary of TV-L E13. The position is available earliest at 1st January 2025.

The LIN offers user access and comprehensive training on fluorescence, confocal, STED and lightsheet microscopes. In addition to post processing and analysis of the acquired imaging data, there is a need for an implementation of state-of-the-art analysis pipelines by using existing and novel computational tools. Moreover, we aim at improving our research data management infrastructure, which includes all steps of the research data life cycle for microscopy and bioimage analysis.

Your tasks

  • establishment of a research data management infrastructure for microscopy based on FAIR principle
  • support of scientific studies using fluorescence, confocal, STED or light sheet microscopy and corresponding 3D/4D image processing and analysis software
  • implementation of workflows for post processing and analysis of imaging data of different microscopic modalities, mainly huge lightsheet data sets
  • quality management of different clearing and expansion techniques / protocols of biological samples for lightsheet microscopy
  • development and management of scientific infrastructures (e.g. databases and their front ends)
  • exchange on best practices and current developments in areas such as research software engineering, research data management, machine learning in the Leibniz Association, as well as at national and international level (e.g., FORCE11, RDA, FAIR)
  • organizing and conducting seminars, workshops and consulting for scientists and infrastructure departments

Your profile:

  • Masters or PhD degree in biology, bio(medical) informatics or computational biology, or similar background
  • profound hands-on experience in using confocal and lightsheet microscopy, professional software packages for bioimage processing and analysis (e.g. Zeiss Arivis Pro incl. VR, Imaris) and open source packages, in applying clearing protocols to biological samples (e.g. i-Disco, ECi) or Cubic based clearing
  • depth experience of sample preparation for immunohistochemistry of different biological samples
  • basic knowledge in a high-level programming language (e.g. Python), Linux operating system and shell scripting
  • ability to perform team-oriented as well as independent work
  • excellent communications skills, also in English to be able to articulate clearly technical needs, set clear goals and work within an interdisciplinary setting, communicate with partners
  • passion for training new users on different microscope modalities
  • experience and knowledge in STED and 2P microscopy is desirable

We offer:

  • An interesting and versatile workplace with an open welcoming culture and an international, attractive research environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Employment, salary and social benefits according the collective pay agreement (German TV-L)
  • Equal opportunities and reconciliation of work and family life
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home

We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, disability, age, and sexual orientation and identity.

We are looking forward to your application. Please send a single PDF file comprising brief letter of motivation, a CV including a list of publications, a copy of your most recent academic degree, and 2 recommendation letters stating the reference number LIN 2024/07 to bewerbung(at) . Please note, that we will evaluate applications on an ongoing basis and that incomplete applications will not be considered. Review of the applications will start on 20th June 2024 and end when the position is filled.

If you have an international degree, please also enclose a certificate evaluation from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) with your application. If you do not yet have a certificate evaluation, you would have to apply for one upon successful application. For more information, please visit .

By submitting your application, you consent to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of the application process. Our detailed privacy policy for applicants (m/w/d) acc. Art. 13 DSGVO on data processing in the application process will be sent on request. Your attention is drawn to the fact that no application or interview expenses can be paid. Documents will be deleted after 6 months.

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