Postdoctoral Researcher

The research group of Francisco Balzarotti at the Research Institute for Molecular Pathology (IMP) offers positions for highly motivated Postdoctoral Researchers, who are interested in the fields of super reso­lution microscopy and single molecule tracking.

Our Group. We develop novel optical methods and instrumentation for the observation of biological phenomena with the highest fidelity. We focus on schemes that require outstanding performance in terms of spa­tial and/or temporal resolution, such as super resolution fluorescence imaging and single-molecule tracking. By bringing together expertise in optics, labelling and photophysics, we develop solutions to transverse obstacles in biology and biophysics within a highly collaborative envi­ronment.

The Projects. The advent of Super Resolution Microscopy has un­locked the access to spatial resolutions beyond the diffraction limit of visible light (~250nm), becoming an invaluable tool for exploring the structure and function of biological processes. The recently introduced MINFLUX concept has pushed even further the possibilities of molecu­lar localization in terms of spatio-temporal resolution. Driven by these concepts, the successful candidates will develop instrumentation to fill current technological gaps, while answering concrete biological ques­tions in association with the rich and collaborative environment of the Vienna BioCenter.

The Candidates. The candidates should be curious, creative and excited about learning new topics and skills! Despite the emphasis on technology development within our group, a candidate with experience/knowledge/interest in biol­ogy will make a great match. This is the driving force of our environment at the Vienna BioCenter, where there is extensive exposure to diverse topics in biology.

Successful candidates should hold a PhD degree in the fields of physics or engineer­ing.

Additionally, the following aspects are desirable:

  • Theoretical and hands-on experience in optics and microscopy
  • Experience in the field of super resolution microscopy
  • Programming proficiency in Py­thon, MATLAB, LabView, FPGA and/or GPU
  • Experience with electronics (circuitry, microcontrollers, high frequency/high voltage)
  • Experience in statistics, stochastic processes and control theory

Our Environment. The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna is a basic biomedical research institute largely spon­sored by Boehringer Ingelheim. With over 200 scientists from 40 coun­tries, the IMP is committed to scientific discovery of fundamental mo­lecular and cellular mechanisms underlying complex biological phe­nomena. The IMP is located at the Vienna BioCenter, one of Europe’s most dynamic life science hubs with 1,800 employees from 70 countries in four research institutes, three universities and two dozen biotech companies.

Application. Interested candidates should send their application (motivation letter, CV, contact details for references) directly by email to francisco.balzarotti[at]imp.ac.at.

The candidates should know there is a possibility to apply to the VIP2–Vienna International Postdoctoral Program, which offers is a unique opportunity of a three-year fellowship, favoring interdisciplinary and inter-lab projects.

VIP2 next call: 1 March – 15 June, 2022