Postdoctoral fellow (Multiphoton microscopy & adaptive optics)

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany Postdoctoral fellow: Multiphoton microscopy and adaptive optics

About the opportunity
The Prevedel group at EMBL Heidelberg is seeking a postdoc with an applied physics and/or engineering background to work on advanced multi-photon imaging techniques for applications in biology and neuroscience. In particular, the candidate will work on the development of new optical instrumentation with a particular emphasis on adaptive optics, wavefront shaping as well as infrared detector technology. Additionally, the successful candidate will team-up with biologists and mouse neuroscientists to apply the advances to current scientific questions. This project is part of a recently funded EU FET grant.

The successful candidate is expected to take a strong lead on his/her project and start to develop independent ideas. Our multi-disciplinary lab provides an innovative, dynamic and constructive working environment for this purpose. More information about the Prevedel group can be found here: The role is also advertised as Research Engineer for candidates pursuing different career path than the academic one: HD01851 Research Engineer: Multiphoton microscopy and adaptive optics.

Your role

  • Design of mechanical, optical as well as electronic and software components of novel, custom-built multi-photon microscopes to collect 3D data from biological tissues.
  • Development of adaptive optics systems and wavefront control strategies as well as the integration of novel detection hardware into bespoke microscopes.
  • Demonstration of new intravital imaging technologies in close collaboration with other team members and biologists.
  • Dissemination of research results in scientific publications and presentations at international conferences.

About you

  • PhD (or equivalent qualification) in optical physics, engineering, or optical neuro-imaging and possessing advanced computer skills.
  • Experience in building complex optical setups, must be comfortable with complex technical equipment (including pulsed lasers) and preferably possess programming (Matlab, Python, LabView, or similar) and/or simulation skills (CAD, ZEMAX, or similar).
  • A keen interest in biological applications of new optical technologies as well as experience in supervising students and laboratory organization would be an advantage.

Closing date: Monday, 9 November 2020

For more information, please visit this webpage.