The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (MPI for Brain Research) in Frankfurt/Main is a vibrant research institution in the field of basic biological and medical research, with a focus on understanding the functions of the brain’s circuits. Our institute has approx. 300 employees in three research departments and four research groups, as well as several service units.

The state-of-the-art imaging facility strongly supports the scientists in our institute with high ex-pertise and the latest equipment providing various types of modern microscopes and optical methods. In addition to our support of the ongoing scientific work at our institute, we are developing and implementing cutting-edge tools in the areas of optics and microscopy to advance the research beyond what is currently possible. You can find additional information about our diverse projects and large variety of microscopes at

We are looking for a

Scientist (m/w/d)

for our team, initially limited to two years.

Your responsibilities:

Your profile:

  • Diploma or Master’s degree in physics or life sciences, PhD as an advantage
  • Excellent knowledge of principles and methods of optics and microscopy (including fluo-rescence, confocal microscopy, contrast enhancing methods for transmission microscopy, properties of light sources and detectors)
  • Longterm experience with commercial microscopes, in particular with confocal laserscanning microscopes
  • Fluent in English and German
  • High degree of motivation and self-reliance combined with excellent organizational and team work skills

The following additional qualifications are welcome:

  • Experience in designing, implementing and maintaining optical systems
  • Experience in characterizing optical system and microscopes as well as carrying out quality control on microscopes
  • Experience with data analysis (in particular image analysis) in a programming language (ideally Matlab)
  • Experience with software for image processing (e.g. ImageJ, Imaris, Arivis, Amira)
  • Experience with biological research, ideally in the field of neuroscience
  • Experience in working in an imaging facility
  • Experience in working with two-photon excited fluorescence and / or harmonic generation and/or superresolution microscopes and/or biological samples (cell culture, brain slices, in vivo experiments)
  • Experience with additional physiological techniques (e.g. patch clamp recordings)
  • Knowledge of electronics, e.g. for device control

We offer:

  • Interesting tasks in an internationally active research institute
  • An attractive environment in a pleasant, friendly working atmosphere with an excellent infrastructure as well as an interesting and varied range of tasks in an ambitious team
  • Employment with all benefits of the public service in a friendly working environment with regular working hours
  • A contract initially limited to 24 months with the option of deferment
  • Continuing education and training
  • Company pension plan
  • Family service (in house baby and kids room, on-campus child day care center)
  • In house Cafeteria and Bistro
  • Company health management (e.g. company doctor, sports offers)
  • Free parking on the institute’s premises
  • Good connections to public transportation

Compensation is in accordance with the TVöD (German public service) salary scale. Social benefits correspond to those of the public service.

The Max-Planck Society is committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those fields where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The compatibility of work and family is very important to us; we offer the possibility of childcare in the kindergarten Kairos close to our institute. Further information can be found on our homepage:

We look forward to receiving your complete and conclusive application documents with details of your salary expectations and your earliest possible starting date in a PDF document by June 27th 2021 on our application platform:
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