PhD candidate in Work Group Raman and IR spectroscopic analysis (f/m/d)

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
March 24, 2023
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The Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz-IPHT) offers the following part time position (50%) in the Department Spectroscopy and Imaging, Work Group Raman and IR spectroscopic analysis , expected to start at May 1st, 2023 or at the next possible time :

PhD candidate (f/m/d)

The position is l imited for 3 years. An extension will be sought if suitable.

The Leibniz-IPHT is a university independent research institute with close connection to the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and member of the Leibniz association.

Position description:

The research focuses the development of an innovative detection method for micropollutants in water. The basis for the efficient detection of different pollutant classes will be realized by combining a noble metal particle array with a molecule-selective method, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Nanoparticles will be arranged as spots in a nanoparticle array and functionalized with aptamers. These DNA-based receptors primarily bind selected micropollutants, such as carbamazepine, diclofenac, and benzotriazole (leading indicators in wastewater samples for contamination). Binding to the aptamer receptors occurs by molecular affinity and provides initial information about the contaminant class and molecular properties. By employing SERS as readout tool, a molecular-specific fingerprint information is achieved accompanied by a high sensitivity (signal enhancement by 4 to 6 orders of magnitude). This position is embedded in the Thuringian water innovation cluster (ThWIC), which aims sustainable solutions to ensure water availability and quality.

Your field of activity:

The PhD candidate aims to develop the processes and measurement protocols for the SERS measurements of different target analytes in aqueous matrices. The candidate is expected to have already hand-on experience in the plasmonic nanostructures formation, vibrational spectroscopy (especially, Raman and its enhancing techniques) and (optical) characterization of plasmonic-active nanostructures. The candidate is expected to work independently and actively participate in all research activities, the preparation of reports, scientific papers, presentations.

Your qualification:
  • Master of Science in Chemistry, Physics or Photonics or Master of Engineering with strong background in Nanosciences or Photonics or related degrees.
  • Your expertise and knowledge:
  • Strong background in vibrational spectroscopy
  • Experience in plasmonics and Raman spectroscopy
  • Experience in wet-chemical processes such as fabrication of colloidal solutions or water analytics
  • Good English communication and writing skills
  • What we offer:
  • An integrative and interdisciplinary work environment: Being situated on the Beutenberg Campus in Jena, the Leibniz IPHT hosts more than 400 employees from around the world who work at the interface of physics, biochemistry, technology, data sciences, and medical sciences to develop sensing solutions of tomorrow.
  • A thorough and comprehensive personal training: Transferring good practices in scientific working and outreach is one of our main focus points. We'll teach everything that is needed for a career inside and outside of academia in a respectful and enjoyable way. Moreover, plenty of workshops and opportunities for scientific exchange are offered by the Leibniz IPHT, as well as the Abbe School of Photonics and the Graduate Academy of the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena.
  • World-class equipment and facilities: The Leibniz IPHT offers a large variety of physics, chemistry, and biology labs at highest standards. Moreover, it holds state-of-the-art fiber-drawing and clean-room facilities (incl. lithography units), as well as microfluidics fabrication and big data computing units. Simply everything your interdisciplinary heart beats for.
  • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: parent-child room, campus kindergarten places, family events and more.
  • Flexible working time models , 30 days vacation/year, special annual payment, bridging days, VMT job ticket
  • Jena – City of Science: A young and lively town with a vibrant local cultural agenda!
  • Salary:

    German tariffs for public employees (TV-L).

    About us:

    We are a modern, internationally oriented research institute. The compatibility of work and family is one of our central concerns. We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of gender, disability, nationality or ethnic and social background. If women are underrepresented in the area of ​​the advertised position, they will be given preferential consideration if they are equally qualified.

    Further information:

    If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Dana Cialla-May, Tel.: +49 3641 / 206 309 / E-mail: [email protected]


    Please send your application electronically with Code 1158 as one pdf file via Email until March 24th, 2023 (including your CV, recommendation letter(s) and university final certificates) to:

    Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology

    Human Resources

    Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena / Germany

    E-Mail: [email protected]

    Code: 1158

    Or simply apply via our job portal (https: // www. leibniz- by clicking on the “Apply” button:

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