|| PhD Position(s)
in the fields of Super Resolution Microscopy
and Single Molecule Tracking
The research group of Francisco Balzarotti at the Research Institute for
Molecular Pathology (IMP) offers two positions for highly motivated PhD
students, who are interested in the fields of super resolution microscopy and
single molecule tracking.
We develop novel optical methods and instrumentation for the observation of
biological phenomena with the highest fidelity. We focus on schemes that require
outstanding performance in terms of spatial and/or temporal resolution, such as
super resolution fluorescence imaging and single-molecule tracking. By bringing
together expertise in optics, labelling and photophysics, we develop solutions
to transverse obstacles in biology and biophysics within a highly collaborative
The advent of Super Resolution Microscopy has unlocked the access to spatial
resolutions beyond the diffraction limit of visible light (~250nm), becoming an
invaluable tool for exploring the structure and function of biological
processes. The recently introduced MINFLUX concept has pushed even further the
possibilities of molecular localization in terms of spatio-temporal resolution.
Driven by these concepts, the successful candidates will develop instrumentation
to fill current technological gaps, while answering concrete biological
questions in association with the rich and collaborative environment of the
Successful candidates should hold a MSc or equivalent degree in the fields of
physics or engineering.
Additionally, the following aspects are desirable:
• Theoretical and hands-on experience in optics
• Experience in the field of super resolution microscopy
• Programming proficiency in Python, MATLAB, LabView, FPGA and/or GPU
• Experience with electronics (circuitry, microcontrollers, high frequency/high
• Knowledge of statistics, stochastic processes and control theory
The candidates should be curious, creative, and excited about learning new
topics and skills! Despite the emphasis on technology development within our
group, a candidate with experience / knowledge / interest in biology will make a
great match. This is the driving force of our environment at the Vienna
BioCenter, where there is extensive exposure to diverse topics in biology.
The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna is a basic
biomedical research institute largely sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. With
over 200 scientists from 40 countries, the IMP is committed to scientific
discovery of fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying complex
biological phenomena. The IMP is located at the Vienna BioCenter, one of
Europe’s most dynamic life science hubs with 1,800 employees from 70 countries
in four research institutes, three universities and two dozen biotech companies.
Graduate student will only be hired through the Vienna BioCenter PhD Program
(https://training.vbc.ac.at/). Nevertheless, if you are interested in joining
our team, please also send a direct application (motivation letter, CV, contact
details for references) by email to email@example.com.
Deadline. April 15th, 2021