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Applications are invited for post-doctoral researchers with a degree in biochemistry or biotechnology (with experience in molecular biology) to join the Photoacoustic Imaging Lab at the Julius Wolff Institute of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The primary role of the position will be the development of reporter genes for photoacoustic imaging of tissue regeneration processes. The research will involve the development of transgenes and viral transduction strategies, the characterisation of labelled cells using photoacoustic techniques, and in vivo applications in preclinical studies of tissue regeneration processes.

The postholder will be part of an interdisciplinary team and the research will involve collaborations with other groups at the Julius Wolff Institute or the Charité, Freie Universität Berlin, University College London, and the Technische Universität Berlin. It is expected that new lines of collaborative research will be explored over the duration of the project to develop new preclinical or clinical applications of this emerging imaging technique.

The postholder will also have the opportunity to initiate and lead independent research projects. In addition, there is the opportunity to participate in teaching and scientific supervision of PhD students of the Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies, a graduate school of the German excellence initiative.

Key requirements:
An experienced individual educated to PhD level in biochemistry, biotechnology or a relevant subject with a strong publication record is sought. Experience in some or all of the following areas is essential: molecular biology, chemical biology, primer design, cloning, mutagenesis, viral production/transduction, protein purification, spectroscopy, cell culturing and sorting. Knowledge in biophysics and biochemistry would be desirable but not essential. Applicants are expected to be highly motivated, self-reliant, and able to collaborate and work with scientists from a variety of different disciplines. Good command of written and spoken English is essential. Adequate knowledge of German would be desirable, but is not essential.

The post is funded by the European Research Council. The employment contract will be for 4 years. The salary is determined by the public sector pay scale (Tarifvertrag Öffentlicher Dienst) E13.

The Charité is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. As women are under-represented in scientific work, we particularly encourage women to submit their application.

To apply, please send your application to Dr Jan Laufer, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Julius Wolff Institute, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin, Germany or by email to (please keep attachments below 5Mb). Please note that applicants must include the reference number DM.63.12., a covering letter, CV, and the names of two referees in their applications. For informal enquiries regarding this post please contact Dr Jan Laufer (

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