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Lehr­stuhl für Bio­lo­gi­sche Bild­ge­bung an der Techi­schen Uni­ver­si­tät Mün­chen

Are you pas­sion­ate about sci­ence, full of ideas and innov­at­ive poten­tial that drive change and enjoy work­ing in an inter­na­tional, fast-paced envir­on­ment? Are you motiv­ated by the soci­etal impact of research and seek an oppor­tun­ity to play an instru­mental part in the devel­op­ment of emer­ging tech­no­lo­gies for bio­logy and health­care? Then the Chair of Bio­lo­gical Ima­ging (CBI) at the Tech­nical Uni­versity of Munich (TUM), as well as, the Clin­ical Bioen­gin­eer­ing Group of the Insti­tute of Bio­lo­gical and Med­ical Ima­ging (IBMI) at the Helm­holtz Zen­trum München (HMGU) in Munich, Ger­many is the ideal envir­on­ment for you!
CBI is the corner­stone of a rap­idly expand­ing bioen­gin­eer­ing eco­sys­tem in the Munich sci­ence area; includ­ing the Research Cen­ter Trans­laTUM and the Helm­holtz Pion­eer Cam­pus, which integ­rate bioen­gin­eer­ing with onco­logy and meta­bolic dis­orders, respect­ively. CBI sci­ent­ists develop next-gen­er­a­tion ima­ging and sens­ing meth­ods to meas­ure pre­vi­ously inac­cess­ible prop­er­ties of liv­ing sys­tems, hence, cata­lyz­ing break­throughs in bio­logy and medi­cine. Com­pris­ing 11 inter-dis­cip­lin­ary labor­at­or­ies and sci­ent­ists from more than 25 coun­tries, CBI offers state-of-the-art infra­struc­ture for innov­at­ive research and a per­fect envir­on­ment to accel­er­ate your career. Our research aims to shift the paradigm of bio­lo­gical dis­cov­ery and trans­la­tion to address major health chal­lenges of our time and develop the med­ical solu­tions of tomor­row.
Join our team and be part of our rich and dynamic research cul­ture of enquiry and innov­a­tion. CBI research­ers come from the top ranks of phys­ics, engin­eer­ing, chem­istry, bio­logy and medi­cine and our pipeline fre­quently yields high-impact papers, suc­cess­ful tech­no­logy spin-offs and com­mer­cial­iz­a­tion. Our research is reg­u­larly fea­tured in major news chan­nels and received broad recog­ni­tion includ­ing sev­eral pres­ti­gi­ous awards and con­sid­er­able research fund­ing from national and inter­na­tional sources.
We now seek a highly qual­i­fied and motiv­ated PhD can­did­ate (f/m/d) to drive clin­ical applic­a­tions on ima­ging vas­cu­lar physiology and patho­physiology using novel hand-held optoacous­tic ima­ging tech­no­lo­gies, such as the Multi-Spec­tral Optoacous­tic Tomo­graphy (MSOT) and Ras­ter-Scan Optoacous­tic Meso­scopy (RSOM).

PhD can­did­ate in clin­ical optoacous­tics: Ima­ging vas­cu­lar physiology and dis­ease (f/m/d)


Work­ing field:

Optoacous­tic ima­ging (e.g. MSOT and RSOM) com­bines the high con­trast and res­ol­u­tion of laser excit­a­tion with the deep pen­et­ra­tion of ultra­sound ima­ging. These char­ac­ter­ist­ics give optoacous­tic ima­ging a com­pet­it­ive edge over other ima­ging meth­ods cur­rently applied in bio­logy and medi­cine. The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will lead advances within exper­i­mental and com­pu­ta­tional devel­op­ments of clin­ical optoacous­tic ima­ging with a focus on vas­cu­lar ima­ging and rel­ev­ant dis­eases, such as carotid artery dis­ease, peri­pheral arter­ial dis­ease and microvas­cu­lar dis­orders.
The goal is to com­bine exper­i­mental work (e.g. phantoms, pre­clin­ical ima­ging) along with novel com­pu­ta­tional meth­ods and clin­ical stud­ies (healthy volun­teers and real patients) to cre­ate a syn­thetic frame­work for the multiscale assess­ment of vas­cu­lar physiology and dis­ease with clin­ical optoacous­tics.

The pro­ject is geared toward clin­ical applic­a­tions of hand-held optoacous­tic ima­ging sys­tems (MSOT and RSOM) that deliver label-free ima­ging and sens­ing of diverse bio­lo­gical com­pon­ents. We expect this pro­ject to res­ult in a sub­stan­tial tech­no­logy leap, lead­ing to import­ant bio­lo­gical break­throughs and trans­la­tion into clin­ical dia­gnostics. The devel­op­ment pro­cess will give the suc­cess­ful can­did­ate the oppor­tun­ity to strengthen her/his skills in state-of-the-art optoacous­tic ima­ging tech­no­logy, cut­ting-edge com­pu­ta­tional approaches and clin­ical vas­cu­lar stud­ies. She/he will be involved in every stage of study design, test­ing and applic­a­tion, as well as with dis­sem­in­a­tion of res­ults in the form of pub­lic­a­tions and poten­tially pat­ents.


The suc­cess­ful applic­ant must have the fol­low­ing:
  • A degree in Engin­eer­ing, Phys­ics, Com­puter Sci­ence or a related dis­cip­line
  • Strong motiv­a­tion for hands-on exper­i­mental work and clin­ical meas­ure­ments
  • Excel­lent aca­demic records
  • Strong motiv­a­tion, sci­entific curi­os­ity and com­mit­ment to sci­entific excel­lence
  • Exper­i­ence in one or more of the fol­low­ing areas: clin­ical ima­ging, optoacous­tic ima­ging, optical ima­ging, sig­nal pro­cessing, image pro­cessing, machine learn­ing, med­ical robot­ics
  • Expert know­ledge of ima­ging, sig­nal and image pro­cessing, data quan­ti­fic­a­tion and ana­lysis
  • In-depth pro­gram­ming skills in MAT­LAB / Python
  • Team player skills and enthu­si­asm to work in a multi-dis­cip­lin­ary, col­lab­or­at­ive envir­on­ment
  • Excel­lent com­mand of the Eng­lish lan­guage
  • Good com­mand of the Ger­man lan­guage is con­sidered an advant­age

What we of­fer:

We offer you the unique chance to make a dif­fer­ence in future health­care. At CBI, we strongly believe in sci­entific excel­lence and innov­a­tion. This is your oppor­tun­ity to be part of and to advance your career in a world-lead­ing research insti­tute, where bioen­gin­eer­ing prin­ciples meet today’s chal­lenges in bio­logy and medi­cine to develop the solu­tions of tomor­row. IBMI provides a highly inter­na­tional, multi-dis­cip­lin­ary envir­on­ment with excel­lent oppor­tun­it­ies for pro­fes­sional growth. You will be part of a pro­fes­sional and highly motiv­ated inter­dis­cip­lin­ary team of the Clin­ical Bioen­gin­eer­ing Group within a wider dynamic and stim­u­lat­ing envir­on­ment. TUM offers a wide vari­ety of inspir­ing and chal­len­ging PhD pro­grams, which will sup­ple­ment your research train­ing with out­stand­ing oppor­tun­it­ies for career devel­op­ment, con­tin­ued edu­ca­tion and life-long learn­ing.
Situ­ated on the foot­hills of the Alps, Munich is con­sist­ently ranked as one of the most vibrant and enjoy­able cit­ies in the world, with an excep­tion­ally qual­ity of life. Greater Munich is also home to sev­eral world-class uni­versit­ies and research insti­tutes, cre­at­ing a truly inspir­ing intel­lec­tual atmo­sphere.
The suc­cess­ful applic­ant will ini­tially have a 3-year con­tract, with the pos­sib­il­ity of exten­sion. We offer a com­pet­it­ive salary and bene­fits depend­ing on work exper­i­ence and seni­or­ity in accord­ance with the pub­lic ser­vice wage agree­ment of the Free State of Bav­aria (TV-L E 13-65%). 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.

How to ap­ply:

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. Please indic­ate “PhD can­did­ate in clin­ical optoacous­tics” in the sub­ject line.