Associate researcher / specialist in optical microscopy imaging at TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DRESDEN (TU DRESDEN)

To TU Dresden, the Pole of Excellence “Life Physics” (PoL) offers a project position in the Intelligent microscopy adapted to the platform as Research Associate / Optical Microscopy Imaging Specialist (m/f/x)

(subject to personal qualification, employees are paid according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

departure as soon as possible. The position is initially limited to December 31, 2025. The period of employment is governed by Article 2 (2) of the Fixed-Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG).

The PoL Center of Excellence ( is an interdisciplinary research center for biology, biophysics and informatics, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and offers a wide range of support structures. You will be associated with the Imaging Core Facility Tailored Smart Microscopy. With you, we will be a team of four, enabling and supporting in vivo and in vitro imaging projects within PoL. At the same time, our mission is to establish and maintain a pool of high-end imaging and photomanipulation equipment that enables research groups to take advantage primarily of state-of-the-art live fluorescence imaging methods. of the current state of the art. As we understand data manipulation, processing and analysis as an integral part of the imaging workflow, we collaborate closely with our colleagues at PoL’s Core Facility Bio-image Analysis. We consider the exchange of information and communication essential to provide the best service and to constantly develop ourselves.

Tasks: As an Imaging Scientist, you will primarily support the imaging projects of other scientists and use your expertise to advance the development of methods and applications. In particular, you will ensure that the appropriate tools are used to answer a scientific question. This involves identifying and testing appropriate imaging techniques in conjunction with the project owner, providing instrument training to enable independent use of the equipment as well as supporting the user throughout the process. project, such as helping to optimize imaging conditions and develop workflows as needed. Initially, you will focus on live imaging techniques (eg light sheet microscopy, spinning disk microscopy), including photomanipulation techniques. The portfolio of imaging modalities can be expanded/modified according to the needs of PoL research groups. Other tasks include characterization, optimization and maintenance of imaging equipment as well as assistance in future purchasing processes. These tasks will include communication and collaboration with experts from other scientific institutions, but also with application specialists, service engineers and vendor vendors. In addition, you will also support training and teaching activities, as well as representing the group at conferences and to the public.


  • university degree and doctorate (or equivalent) in biophysics, physics, biology or a related scientific or technical field; or alternatively university degree (master’s or diploma) plus three years of professional experience in one of the fields mentioned;
  • excellent understanding and extensive experience in the use of high-end optical microscopes (eg, light sheet, spinning disc confocal, laser scanning confocal microscopes) and possibly photomanipulation applications;
  • at least basic knowledge of image processing (eg use of ImageJ/FIJI, Napari, Python);
  • strong analytical and quantitative reasoning;
  • affinity with practically relevant challenges and the search for solutions;
  • experience in the preparation of live samples (eg zebrafish, organoids) will be advantageous;
  • very good communication skills and command of the English language (written and spoken);
  • ability and motivation to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • strong motivation to work with instrument users in a service-oriented manner.

Do you have passion and experience with high-end optical microscopy? Are you looking for an alternative to the classic academic career path, but want to stay involved in research? Then this is for you!

What we offer: We offer an interdisciplinary and international research environment of high level and visibility with stimulating medium-term projects on various research topics. You will be part of the PoL community, the Dresden campus and our extensive international network. We offer exciting and challenging projects using high-end imaging technology combined with the opportunity to develop your professional career. We provide the opportunity to learn project management skills, team leader skills and teaching skills. Terms of employment include a full comprehensive benefits package and state rate pay for civil servants (TV-L). The University is a certified family university.

We invite applications from open-minded candidates who enjoy sharing knowledge and building bridges across disciplines. Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same goes for people with disabilities.

Please submit your complete application by regular mail by April 20, 2022 (stamped arrival date applies), preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail portal by sending it in a single pdf document to [email protected] (subject line ‘Light Microscopy Imaging Specialist’) or to: TU Dresden, Exzellenzcluster Physik des Lebens, z. HD. Herrn Dr. Bert Nitzsche, Arnoldstraße 18, 01307 Dresden, Germany. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Costs incurred to attend interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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