Post-Doctoral Scientist (Spectroscopy)

Within the Junior Research Group “Novel Diagnostic Tools for Culture-Independent Sepsis Pathogen Detection” at the Center for Sepsis Control and Care (CSCC) at the University Hospital Jena, Germany, and at the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) we are seeking a

Post-Doctoral Scientist (Spectroscopy).

The position is available initially for 2 years starting as soon as possible, extension is possible and desired.

We offer a diversified and interesting occupation in an attractive interdisciplinary research environment as well as close interaction with scientists in other groups and institutes collaborating to investigate all aspects of sepsis-related clinical, translational and fundamental research. The aim of the Junior Research Group is to design and develop novel optical methods for a fast and reliable diagnostic of pathogens for sepsis-associated infections by investigating mechanisms of action of antibiotics on a molecular level. You will be responsible for the design and realization of
experiments. This will include cultivation of bacteria and cells and their spectroscopic characterization with a special focus on Raman spectroscopy, data analysis with the help of complex computer-assisted statistical methods.

You are highly motivated and have a strong scientific interest in biological and medical problems, are creative in solving problems and looking for technical realization of new ideas. You have profound experience in Raman spectroscopy of biological samples and are familiar with the corresponding data analysis, including statistical methods and are able to write and modify scripts. Knowledge in micro-fluidics, electronics and dielectrophoresis are an advantage. Proficiency in English language and a good publication record are required.

For further information please contact Dr. Ute Neugebauer (

Following the directive on the employment of disabled persons and gender balance; women are explicitly encouraged to apply.

We are looking forward to receive your application:
Dr. Ute Neugebauer
Institut für Photonische Technologien e.V.
Albert-Einstein-Str. 9
07745 Jena
or via email to:

Complete applications must include a motivation letter, CV, list of publication, a brief description of previous and current activities and contact data of at least two referees.


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Raman spectroscopy has already proved its effectiveness in many cases for medical diagnostics such as for cancer, cardiovascular diseases and infections. However, there are no standards in the different working groups, e.g. for sample preparation, implementation of the Raman experiments, spectra pre-treatment, data evaluation, etc.In a round robin experiment, the required groundwork will take place in order to define standardised Raman measurement methods, which will be fundamental for establishing Raman spectroscopy for clinical diagnostic procedures.

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