Postdoctoral fellow in translational imaging engineering (f/m)

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23.06.2017, Wissenschaftliches Personal

The Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich and the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Munich, Germany, are an integrated, multi-disciplinary research structure focusing on developing optical and optoacoustic imaging and sensing methods to measure previously inaccessible properties of living systems, with the goal of catalyzing breakthroughs in biology and medicine. Comprising 11 laboratories and a multitude of researchers from more than 25 countries, CBI/IBMI offers state-of-the-art infrastructure for innovative research and forms the cornerstone of a rapidly expanding bioengineering ecosystem involving the newly founded Munich School of Bioengineering, the Research Center TranslaTUM, which integrates bioengineering and oncology and the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, which brings together bioengineering and metabolic disorders;. IBMI researchers come from the top ranks of early-career and established scientists in physics, chemistry, engineering, and biomedicine, who together create a rich, dynamic culture of enquiry and innovation that attracts significant investment from national and international sources. Our scientists serve in international societies and conferences and are recipients of a multitude of top international and German awards, including the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz prize and several ERC awards. In addition to scientific excellence, IBMI promotes entrepreneurship and company spin-off activities, as well as collaborations with other top academic institutions and leading corporations in the photonics, pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors.

The mission:

IBMI research addresses fundamental societal challenges in the health sector with a strong drive toward clinical translation. The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team of scientists and medical doctors to develop new imaging technologies and apply them directly in the clinics. In particular, we seek to advance multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) and bring it to the patients. MSOT opens novel opportunities for visualizing biological markers significantly beyond the classical imaging depth limits allowed by state-of-the-art optical methods today without the need for contrast agents or harmful radiation. MSOT technology has been invented at CBI/IBMI, commercialized in 2011 for small animal imaging and received Germany’s Innovation Prize in 2014. We are now taking the next step of putting MSOT into the hands of physicians to provide them with personalized patient information in real time for guiding diagnosis and treatment. This work involves a long-standing collaboration between CBI/IBMI and clinicians at the Klinikum rechts der Isar, a 1,100-bed tertiary care hospital that also serves as a teaching and research base for the TUM School of Medicine.

Your responsibilities include:

• Developing new workflows and data analysis methods to improve MSOT performance in specific clinical contexts, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic and inflammatory disorders.
• Working together with clinicians to better understand MSOT images or alternatively improve the quality of the images for a particular disease.
• Managing a varied portfolio of clinically focused research projects with different timelines.
• Supervising the work of graduate students at the institute.
• Publish research results and present them in international venues

Your profile:

The successful applicant must have the following:
• A Ph.D. in electrical engineering, or a related technical field
• Excellent track record of research achievement and publications in top-ranked journals
• Experience in one or more of the following areas: ultrasound imaging, optics, computer vision
• Strong motivation, scientific curiosity and commitment to scientific excellence • Keen interest in biomedical and clinical imaging
• Evidence of effective teamwork and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment
• Programming experience and proficiency in one or more of the following: C, C++, Python, Matlab
• Excellent command of the English language
Candidates with the following additional qualities will be given preference: • Previous experience with optoacoustic imaging
• Previous experience with medical device prototyping, clinical imaging, or working with medical doctors.
• Knowledge of the German language to facilitate collaboration with medical doctors and patients

Our offer:

CBI/IBMI provides a highly international, multidisciplinary environment offering excellent opportunities for professional growth. We support career development, continuing education and teaching and training opportunities. Situated in the foothills of the Alps, Munich is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world, with an exceptionally high quality of life. Greater Munich is also home to several world-class universities and research institutes, creating a vibrant intellectual atmosphere.

The successful applicant will initially have a 2-year contract, with the possibility of extension. Salary will be commensurate with work experience and seniority (TV-L E13). As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.

Your application:

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application including your letter of motivation, CV and academic transcripts of records, preferably in English and in a single PDF file via email to by 31st August 2017. Please indicate “translation imaging postdoc” in the subject line.
For any questions please contact:

Kontakt: Dr. Murad Omar
Tel.: +49 89 3187 4457
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI)
Ismaninger Str. 22
81675 Munich, Germany
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