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Institution Faculty of Physics - - Experimental Physics
Remuneration group TV-L E13
Full-time / Part-time Part-time (75 % )
Start date As soon as possible
Application deadline 2024-04-15

About us:

Are you passionate about advancing medical diagnostics through innovative technologies? The Broadband Infrared Diagnostics (BIRD) group (, located at the Chair of Experimental Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), is at the forefront of combining laser physics with molecular medicine.

The BIRD group merges femtosecond laser-based technologies, molecular spectroscopy, and complex organic matter analysis to pioneer new strategies for probing human health and detecting cancer. Our dynamic, interdisciplinary team consists of physicists, physical chemists, data scientists, molecular biologists, and clinical specialists dedicated to applying infrared spectroscopy to molecular medicine and diagnostics. Learn more about our work:

We are looking for you:

Ph.D. - Join the cutting edge of Molecular Profiling (m/f/x)

in Garching

Your tasks and responsibilities:

The successful candidate will play a major role in the following topics:

  • Collaborate with a dynamic inter-disciplinary team to design and implement cutting-edge analytical and pre-analytical workflows combined with infrared spectroscopy
  • Contribute to the development of high-throughput molecular profiling techniques
  • Utilize your expertise to enhance our joint capabilities to probe human health and detect disease

Your qualifications:

We are currently seeking skilled and motivated PhD students to join our team. In this role, you will be developing and implementing various sample processing, analytical chromatographic, spectroscopic workflows, and chemical modification of human samples to advance molecular profiling in medical testing. The goal is to integrate liquid chromatography and other sample processing steps with spectroscopic profiling for high-throughput infrared molecular fingerprinting.

  • MSc background in biotechnology, analytical and organic chemistry, biophysics, or related fields in molecular and life sciences
  • Enthusiasm for applying the latest developments in laser physics to advance medical probing for the benefit of human health


Explore the intersection of biotechnology and cutting-edge laser physics at the department that just received recognition by the Nobel Prize in 2023 to our director – join our team and make a lasting impact on the future of medical diagnostics!

We offer you an interesting and fulfilling job with good opportunities for further training and development. Your workplace is located at the Forschungszentrum Garching and is easily accessible by public transport. You will be paid according to the TV-L salary scale up to salary group 13 (TV-L E13), depending on your professional qualifications. This position is initially limited to three years with the possibility of extension.

Further benefits at the LMU:

  • Easily accessible by public transport
  • Company pension scheme
  • Capital-forming benefits
  • Compatibility of family and career
  • Mobile working
    • Flexible working hours
  • Childcare support (e.g. offers for vacation and emergency care)
  • Further education and training program at all career levels
  • Participation in symposia and conferences
  • Health promotion offers
  • Theater and culture: special events, discounts and vouchers
  • Mobility: discount on public transport (Job-Tickets), charging stations for electric cars and discounted membership of Share Now (car sharing)

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send your complete application (CV, certificates, list of publications, letter of motivation and two references/reference letters) by e-mail (single pdf file not exceeding 10MB) to Dr. Mihaela Zigman and Dr. Frank Fleischmann by April 15th, 2024 at the latest.

Dr. Mihaela Zigman
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München und
Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik
Hans-Kopfermann-Str. 1
85748 Garching

Phone: +49 89 3 29 05 - 354

Dr. Frank Fleischmann
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Lehrstuhl f. Experimentalphysik - Laserphysik
Am Coulombwall 1
85748 GarchingPhone: +49 89 289 -54056

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