Doctoral student in neurogenetics with emphasis on quantitative bio-imaging

A doctoral student position is available at the Max Planck Research Unit for Neurogenetics in Frankfurt, Germany. 

We work with various imaging modalities to generate, process, and extract information from images of cells, tissue sections, and whole organs of laboratory mice. Several project opportunities are available that will focus on confocal microscopy, two-photon microscopy, STED super resolution microscopy, fluorescent slide scanners, and serial two-photon tomography (3D whole-brain imaging). Using quantitative imaging approaches combined with extensive histology tools, we address fundamental questions in the wiring and the anatomy of the mouse olfactory system.


Opportunity to learn

-       Advanced imaging modalities to study biological samples.

-       Design and implementation of bio-image analysis workflows including data management, image analysis, and data mining.

-       Computational imaging, analytical methodologies, and algorithms.


Your profile

-       Diploma/Master's degree in Biology (or related) or in Physics with a keen interest in biology.

-       Previous experience of working in a lab environment.

-       Highly motivated.

-       Able to conduct independent research with a proactive attitude.

-       Proficient in English both written and oral. Knowledge of German is beneficial but not necessary.

-       Able to work in an international team.

-       Interested in working with laboratory mice.

-       Preferably: experience with microscopy, image processing, image analysis, pattern classification, and data mining. Programming experience.


We offer

-       Payment based on the TvÖD guidelines.

-       World-class and fast-paced scientific environment.

-       Opportunity to work with cutting-edge methods and equipment.

-       National and international collaborations.

-       Opportunity to attend international conferences.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce, and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. 

Applications should include a CV, a list of publications (if applicable) and contact details of three referees who are familiar with the candidate. Please submit all materials preferably in electronic form as a single PDF file via e-mail by 31 August 2017 to


Peter Mombaerts, M.D., Ph.D.
Max Planck Research Unit for Neurogenetics
Max-von-Laue-Strasse 4
D-60438 Frankfurt, Germany


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