Optical engineer

We are offering a postdoctoral level position for an Optical engineer to develop, construct and implement novel optical platforms and microscopes and setups for high- and super-resolution imaging, contact-free optical micro-manipulation and smart microscopy applications in live cell and tissue imaging.

MPI-CBG wants to further strengthen its interdisciplinary environment where biologists work together with biophysicists, optical engineers and computer scientists. For MPI-CBG’s Technology Priority Area ‘Optical Physics’, we are seeking a motivated optical engineer to work in the laboratory of Prof. Stephan Grill and in collaboration with the Advanced Imaging Facility (AIF MPI-CBG).

We would like to expand our team with an optical engineer who will:

Develop, construct and implement next-generation optical microscopes of the AIF of MPI-CBG that combine high- and super-resolution imaging with optical manipulation, 3D live visualization and smart and autonomous robotic microscopy

Develop, construct and implement a spinning disc microscope (Yokogawa scanhead) with integrated laser-cutting (Colombelli et al. Rev Sci Instrum 75, 472-478, 2004) and FLUCS capability (Mittasch et al. Nat Cell Biol 20, 344–351, 2018)

Support other imaging platforms of the AIF and the Grill lab as required

Your qualifications:
Candidates should have a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in optics, physics, engineering or related subjects and experience in basic and advanced light microscopy. Experiences in computer interfacing and software development would be an advantage. An excellent command of English together with excellent communication skills and self-motivation are also required. The candidate should be a proactive, service-oriented team player willing to help scientists in next generation optical development projects. Experience with imaging biological samples would be of advantage.

Our offer:

The full-time position is available immediately. The initial appointment is for two years.
Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the regulations of the German TVöD Bund (salary agreement for public service employees). We especially encourage women to apply.

For informal inquiries, please contact Prof. Stephan Grill via email: grillmpi-cbg.de

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

Please submit your complete application and CV including a full publication list, brief description of your research interests and accomplishments together with contact details of three referees as a single pdf file
by April 11th, 2021 stating Code 2021-OpticalEngineer-1090 via our online application system

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstr. 108, 01307 Dresden, Germany