Expert in quantitative / automated microscopy and 3D image acquisition

The position may be filled at the postdoctoral level or, depending on qualifications and experience, at the group leader / management  level as Head of the Technology Development Studio (‘TDS’), MPI-CBG’s state-of-the-art automated microscopy and screening environment for image-based quantitation.

MPI-CBG is an institute of the renowned Max Planck Society conducting ground-breaking biomedical research at the forefront of the current state-of-the-art. The institute has won several prizes for its family friendly culture and for creating an optimal work environment.
The question posed for the first 20 years since the institute’s founding has been ‘how do cells form tissues’? The institute has recently further developed its research vision and adopted stem cell-derived models, synthetic tissue systems and organoids models to address its fundamental questions in developmental biology, regeneration self-organization and molecular genetics. The institute is well known for an interdisciplinary approach including consideration of the role of force, size, shape and other physical parameters on cell and tissue organization and also, in 2017, has opened a new Center for Systems Biology Dresden (‘CSBD’) providing a rich environment for theoretical approaches, modelling and simulation.

Main tasks and responsibilities:
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong background in automated quantitative microscopy, 3D image acquisition and image analysis. The successful candidate will design and implement quantitative imaging and image analysis workflows for imaging 3D samples, mostly organoids or spheroids derived from living cellular systems. The main workhorses available at MPI-CBG for quantitative imaging are automated microscopes and most commercial microscopy setups are available either in the TDS itself or in the Light Microscopy Facility, which hosts about 25 advanced imaging platforms. Ideally, the successful candidate will be well versed in the use of the KNIME environment for image analysis although expertise in any relevant image analysis software environment will be considered an important strength.

Your qualifications:
The candidate should hold a PhD degree and have several years of experience in automated quantitative microscopy and data science. Preferably, the candidate will have a strong background and well documented experience in extracting quantitative data from microscopy images acquired from 3D samples and image-based assay development to capture biological processes. Further, the candidate should have command of the image analysis skills and tool kit, preferably in KNIME, to analyse the data and have adequate programing skills to implement image acquisition and analysis pipelines. The candidate should be fluent in English and have excellent peoples ‘skills with ability to interact with researchers at all career stages (students, postdocs and group leaders) in order to discuss strategy, troubleshoot projects and provide progress updates. The candidate will report to the Head of the TDS or if appointed as the Head of the TDS, to the MPI-CBG Board of Director member responsible for the MPI-CBG Services and Facilities. The candidate is also expected to interact closely with other facility leaders for cross facility workflows (projects involving multiple facilities).

Our offer:
The position is available immediately. The initial contract is for 2 years with the possibility to be extended. Salary depends on qualification and experience in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Applicants should send their CV and motivation letter in English together with contact information of three referees by May 31st, 2021 stating Code 2021-PostDoc-Microscopy-4140 via our online application system at

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

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Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

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