Position: Scientist in the field of (Bio-)Physics

Department: NCT Dresden - Functional Imaging in Surgical Oncology

Code number: 2022-0317

The German Cancer Research Center is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With more than 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research.

The National Center of Tumor Diseases (NCT) Dresden is a joint institution of the German Cancer Research Center, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, the Faculty of Medicine at TU Dresden, and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). The NCT with sites in Heidelberg and Dresden is the leading oncological center in Germany and is being further expanded to an international center of excellence regarding point-of-care and individualized cancer medicine.

The German Cancer Research Center is seeking for the Department for Functional Imaging in Surgical Oncology at the partner site Dresden of the National Center of Tumor Diseases a scientist in the field of (bio-)physics.


Job description:

Our research is focused on the development and application of novel imaging probes and imaging methods in the short-wave infrared spectral range (SWIR imaging) for biological and medical in-vivo applications. SWIR imaging provides several advantages over the visible and near-infrared regions: general lack of autofluorescence, low light absorption by blood and tissue, and reduced scattering. In this spectral range biological tissues become translucent. Recent progress in detection technology and the development of probes demonstrated that, in principal, SWIR imaging enables applications, which were previously not feasible with any other technique. These advantages will enable new capabilities in preclinical imaging.

We are seeking a highly motivated scientist for an interdisciplinary research position at the junction of physics, biology and chemistry. The candidate will develop advanced imaging setups for deep penetration imaging on microscopic / mesoscopic scales, and collaborate with biologist and clinicians to ultimately advance cancer detection and therapies. The project is expected to be transformative and translational.

The novel applications include SWIR imaging of physiology and metabolic activity and targeted SWIR imaging of tumors. SWIR intravital microscopy will allow imaging the brain vasculature in mice through intact skin and skull and generating detailed blood flow-maps in mice.

The position includes an initial starting phase at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, followed by a transition to the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Dresden.

Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD degree will be enrolled at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD).



We are looking for applicants with a master's or PhD degree in physics / biophysics (and related disciplines – engineering, mathematics, etc.) who are strongly interested and committed to experimental research, in particular the development and application of optical microscopes, careful experimentation and computerā€based quantitative data acquisition and analysis. Strong knowledge, proven by high grades, in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines is expected, as well as a high level of programming skills (MATLAB/Python/C etc.) and computer literacy. Very good verbal and written communication skills in English are expected.

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Salary according to TV-L including social benefits
  • Possibility to work part-time
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive further training program

Important notice:

The DKFZ is subject to the regulations of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG). As a consequence, only persons who present proof of immunity against measles as well as against COVID-19 may work at the DKFZ.

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 30.09.2022


Prof. Dr. Oliver Bruns
Phone +49 89 3187-49494

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The DKFZ is committed to increase the proportion of women in all areas and positions in which women are underrepresented. Qualified female applicants are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.

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