PhD candidate (f/m) in optoacoustic endoscopy for early detection of bladder cancer

Munich (Stadt), Bayern (DE)
accordance with the public service wage agreement of the Free State of Bavaria (TV-L E13-65%)
May 06, 2018
Jul 06, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
PhD / Doctoral

PhD candidate (f/m) in optoacoustic endoscopy for early detection of bladder cancer

01.05.2018, Wissenschaftliches Personal 

To develop novel compact optical systems and ultrasonic sensors we now seek a highly qualified and motivated optical engineer (f/m) to take endoscopic imaging to the next level.

Are you passionate about science, full of ideas and innovative potential that drive change and enjoy working in an international, fast-paced environment? Are you motivated by the societal impact of reserach and seek an opportunity to play an instrumental part in the development of emerging technologies for biology and healthcare? Then the Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, and its integrated Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen (HMGU) is the ideal environment for you!

CBI is the cornerstone of a rapidly expanding bioengineering ecosystem in the Munich science area; including the Research Center TranslaTUM and the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, which integrate bioengineering with oncology and metabolic disorders, respectively. CBI scientists develop next-generation imaging and sensing methods to measure previously inaccessible properties of living systems, hence, catalyzing breakthroughs in biology and medicine. Comprising 11 inter-disciplinary laboratories and scientists from more than 25 countries, CBI offers state-of-the-art infrastructure for innovative research and a perfect environment to accelerate your career. Our research aims to shift the paradigm of biological discovery and translation to address major health challenges of our time and develop the medical solutions of tomorrow. 

Join our team and be part of our rich and dynamic research culture of enquiry and innovation. CBI researchers come from the top ranks of physics, engineering, chemistry and biomedicine and our pipeline frequently yields high-impact papers, successful technology spin-offs and commercialization. Our research is regularly featured in major news channels and received broad recognition including several prestigious awards and considerable research funding from national and international sources.

To develop novel compact optical systems and ultrasonic sensors we now seek a highly qualified and motivated optical engineer (f/m) to take endoscopic imaging to the next level.

The Mission

Associated with the European Union funded Horizon 2020 grant: ‘Multi-modal, Endoscopic Biophotonic Imaging of Bladder Cancer for Point-of-Care Diagnosis’ (MIB), the group of Optoacoustic Endoscopy is looking for a highly qualified and motivated PhD student (f/m) to participate in the development of hybrid optical and optoacoustic endoscopic imaging technology. The developed endoscope will combine four modalities enabling imaging fast and high-resolution imaging inside the human bladder for early cancer diagnosis. This is a highly ambitious and promising project with high potential to impact human healthcare. Specifically, the PhD candidate will design and develop optoacoustic endoscopes and investigate them in clinical settings.

Bladder cancer is among the most expensive diseases in oncology in terms of treatment costs; each procedure requires days of hospitalisation and recurrence rates are high. Current unmet clinical needs can be addressed by optical methods due to the combination of non-invasive and real-time capture of unprecedented biomedical information. The MIB objective is to provide robust, easy-to-use, cost-effective optical methods with superior sensitivity and specificity to enable a step-change in point-of-care diagnostics of bladder cancer. The concept relies on combining optical methods providing structural, biochemical and functional information. The hypothesis is that such combination enables in situ diagnosis of bladder cancer with superior sensitivity and specificity due to unprecedented combined anatomic, biochemical and molecular tissue information. The step-change is that this hybrid concept is provided endoscopically for in vivo clinical use. The PhD project involves design and implementation of high-speed imaging systems; unique fiber-based optical detectors of ultrasound and endoscopic integration. The probe will be validated with biological models and will be translated to clinical environments for testing. 


• High motivation, scientific curiosity and ability to work independently.
• A degree in Physics, Optics, Engineering, Medical technology or a related field with an excellent academic track record.
• Practical experience in table-top optics and fiber optics.
• Programming capabilities (for example Matlab, C/C++ or Labview).
• Practical experience in hardware control, data acquisition and synchronization, system development and integration.
• Team player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment.
• Excellent command of the English language.

The following qualifications are considered advantageous:
• Experience in designing electronic circuits (analog filter, amplifiers, etc.).
• Zemax or similar.
• COMSOL multyphysics or similar.

Previous experiences in experimental research and basic knowledge of optoacoustic imaging are considered assets, but are not necessarily required.

Our offer

We offer you the unique chance to make a difference in future healthcare. At CBI, we strongly believe in scientific excellence and innovation. This is your opportunity to be part of and to advance your career in a world-leading research institute, where bioengineering principles meet today’s challenges in biology and medicine to develop the solutions of tomorrow. CBI provides a highly international, multi-disciplinary environment with excellent opportunities for professional growth. You will be part of a dynamic, professional and highly motivated team within a stimulating environment and gain international exposure through our partners and collaborators across Europe. We support career development, continued education and life-long learning.

Situated on the foothills of the Alps, Munich is consistently ranked as one of the most vibrant and enjoyable cities in the world, with an exceptionally quality of life. Greater Munich is also home to several world-class universities and research institutes, creating a truly inspiring intellectual atmosphere.

The successful applicant will have a 3-year contract. We offer a competitive salary and benefits depending on work experience and seniority in accordance with the public service wage agreement of the Free State of Bavaria (TV-L E13-65%). As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women as well as from all others who would bring additional diversity dimensions to the university’s research and teaching strategies. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications.

Your application

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive application including your letter of motivation, CV and academic transcripts of records preferably in English and in a single PDF file, via email to Please indicate “PhD candidate (f/m) in optoacoustic endoscopy” in the subject line.

For any question please contact:

Roman Shnaiderman

tel.: +49 89 3187 1245
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI)
Ismaningerstr. 22
81675 Munich, Germany

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