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Fried­rich-Schil­ler-Uni­ver­si­tät Jena - Insti­tute for Phys­ical Chem­istry

The "Leib­niz Cen­ter for Photon­ics in Infec­tion Research" (LPI) in Jena is an open user cen­ter where photonic solu­tions for dia­gnostics, mon­it­or­ing and exper­i­mental ther­apy in infec­tions are researched and developed into func­tional solu­tions with industry. The LPI was jointly applied for by the Leib­niz Insti­tute for Photonic Tech­no­lo­gies Jena e.V. (Leib­niz-IPHT), the Leib­niz Insti­tute for Nat­ural Product Research and Infec­tion Bio­logy - Hans Knöll Insti­tute (Leib­niz-HKI) as well as the Uni­versity Hos­pital Jena and the Friedrich Schiller Uni­versity Jena under the pat­ron­age of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­ation. The Postdoc for mul­timodal nano-spec­tro­scopy researches meth­ods that enable to invest­ig­ate the dir­ect inter­ac­tion of patho­gens with cell mem­branes and is cent­ral to the fun­da­mental research for novel molecu­lar dia­gnostics at the LPI.

Postdoc for mul­timodal nano-spec­tro­scopy (m/f/d)


Work­ing field:

  • Set­ting up and main­tain­ing a mul­timodal nano­scopy (near-field) sys­tem com­bin­ing vibra­tional spec­tro­scopy and scan­ning probe micro­scopy
  • Invest­ig­a­tion of nano­scale struc­tural changes (via infrared, Raman spec­tro­scopy) of patho­gens at a single particle level
  • Con­struc­tion and adap­tion of bio-com­pat­ible sample stages com­pat­ible with other dia­gnostic sys­tems at the LPI


  • A PhD in nat­ural sci­ences or engin­eer­ing with a spe­cific back­ground in instru­ment­a­tion is essen­tial
  • A strong back­ground in either vibra­tional spec­tro­scopy and/or scan­ning probe is a dis­tinct advant­age
  • Exper­i­ence related to bio-med­ical spe­ci­men is advant­age­ous.

What we of­fer:

  • An excit­ing research field and var­ied scope of activ­it­ies with cre­at­ive free­dom
  • Inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research at the inter­face between bio­logy, medi­cine, optics, and data sci­ence
  • Excel­lent equip­ment and infra­struc­ture
  • A com­pre­hens­ive fur­ther and con­tinu­ing edu­ca­tion pro­gramme and indi­vidual qual­i­fic­a­tion and devel­op­ment meas­ures
  • Remu­ner­a­tion based on the pro­vi­sions of the Col­lect­ive Agree­ment for the Pub­lic Sec­tor of the Fed­eral States (TV-L) at salary scale 13 — depend­ing on the can­did­ate’s per­sonal qual­i­fic­a­tions—, includ­ing a spe­cial annual pay­ment in accord­ance with the col­lect­ive agree­ment.

The advert­ised pos­i­tion is lim­ited to 26 Feb­ru­ary 2026.

How to ap­ply:

Are you eager to work for us? Then sub­mit your detailed applic­a­tion by email (one PDF file), stat­ing the vacancy ID 204/2021 by 30 July 2021 to: