Open Positions

Find some highlighted open positions and job opportunities at our partner institutes within the MIAP framework

General Information

General Information

Since MIAP consists of many partner units, distributed over 3 countries, we can offer a large number of career opportunities in life science, microscopy and image analysis. With partner institutes including traditional universities, research centers and facilities of the Max Planck Institutes and Fraunhofer Institutes we offer a quite diverse range of job opportunities in the "Upper Rhine Region".

You can find all relevant and latest job offers directly on the partner institutes career websites:

Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg: undefined
Universitätsklinik Freiburg: undefined
Max-Planck Institutes: undefined
Fraunhofer Institutes: undefined
Friedrich Miescher Institute: undefined
Universität Basel: undefined
IGBMC Strasbourg: undefined

Please keep in mind: The recruitment process is sometimes long and complicated. Therefore the procedure is quite different between our partner institutes and sometimes even between facilities within one institute. In some cases not all of the job offers are listed on the general recruitment page of a given institute but on sub-pages of faculties, divisions, facilities or individual research groups. Therefore it is a good idea to check the websites of the research groups and (core) facilities of interest in addition to commercial career websites for latest job offers.

On this website we want to highlight a selection of job offers in the field of life science, microscopy and image analysis from our MIAP partner network. This list is based on submissions from our partner units to the MIAP administration. It is only a selection and not showing all job offers of our partner institutes.

If you have any kind of question regarding a job offer posted on this website, please contact the contact person listed in the job offer or MIAP ( If you want to list your job offer on this website you can contact MIAP directly (

We hope you will find some interesting job opportunities and wish you all the best for your future career. We'd like to hear from you again as an employee of one of our partner institutes within the MIAP framework.


Université de Rennes 1 - Postdoc position

Université de Rennes 1 - Postdoc position

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Université de Rennes 1
UFR Sciences de la vie et de l'environnement
Campus de Beaulieu - Bâtiment 13

263 Avenue Général Leclerc - CS 74205
35042 Rennes CEDEX


Interdisciplinary Post-doctoral position in optics and biology

Job offer from January 29th 2019


Polarbio: Polarimetric orthogonally breaking imagery applied to the study of the dynamics of intracellular architecture

Research Laboratories: IGDR / Institut FOTON

Heads of the Scientific Project: Sébastien Huet / Julien Fade

Polarbio is a multidisciplinary project joining the expertises of the DOP team (laser Dynamics, microwave photonics, and Polarization) of the Institut FOTON (undefined rubrique111&lang=en), the Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes (undefined and the imaging facility for life sciences of the Rennes 1 University (undefined The objective of this project is to investigate the capacities of a new polarimetric sensing modality developed by the Institut FOTON for the imaging of biological samples. The collaboration between the members of the IGDR and Institut FOTON labs has allowed to set up a polarimetric confocal microscope based on the DSOB (Depolarization / Dichroism Sensing by Orthogonality Breaking) approach [1,2], which relies on the original illumination of samples by a dualfrequency dual-polarization laser light beam, and the detection of polarimetric signature through a single measurement involving demodulation of light at radiofrequencies. Initial “orthogonalitybreaking” polarimetric images of living cells were recently acquired with this system [3]. First, the post-doctoral fellow will be in charge of establishing acquisition sequences able to assess specific polarimetric properties of the living tissues: diattenuation, depolarization, birefringence... These imaging modes will be set-up to allow acquisitions at high frame rates, which will be essential to characterize the dynamics of living tissues with optimal time-resolution. Second, using the dual imaging capabilities of the setup which can be used simultaneously for fluorescence and polarimetric imaging, the post-doctoral fellow will image living cells tagged for specific structures such as the cytoskeleton or the chromatin. This will allow to precisely establish the polarimetric signatures of each of these different subcellular structures. Once this step completed, the post-doctoral fellow will analyze at high time resolution the dynamics of the chromatin architecture in untagged living samples. This structure, whose role in the maintenance of genome integrity has been studied by the IGDR team [4,5], is altered in many cancer cells and some specific alterations are already used for diagnostics in different types of cancer [6]. Using polarimetric imaging, the post-doctoral fellow will characterize the chromatin architecture without the need for specific labeling, with the objective of identifying new characteristic structural parameters that could be used as diagnostic tools.

[1] M. Alouini et J. Fade, Patent FR11.55527, 23/06/2011.
[2] J. Fade and M. Alouini, Phys. Rev. Lett., 109, 043901 (2012).
[3] M. Alouini et al., Quantitative BioImaging (QBI) Conference, Rennes (2019).
[4] H. Sellou et al. Mol. Biol. Cell, 27, 3791–3799. (2016)
[5] R. Smith et al. (2018) Nucleic Acids Res., 10.1093/nar/gky334. (2018).
[6] D. Zink, A. H. Fischer, J. A. Nickerson, Nat. Rev. Cancer. 4, 677–687. (2004). 

Offer type

Postdoctoral researcher (fixed term contract, 2 years)


Requires Profile

Doctor (PhD) in optics or in biophysics. A proven experience in the development of optical imaging setups is a prerequisite. Good knowledge in image processing will also be strongly appreciated. Candidates should also demonstrate a genuine interest in the cell biology field. Candidates should not have spent more than 18 months in France during the last 3 years and should not have supported their thesis in the hiring institution.


How to apply

Please send the following documents by email to Julien Fade ( and Sébastien Huet ( with copy to UBL (

  • Short Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter showing your interest and especially addressing your professional project
  • A list of your major works (2 pages max.) : scientific publications, patents and others scientific productions
  • Contact details for three professional referees
  • A copy of your PhD diploma


Application deadline: March 15th 2019

Job Starting Date: before May 31st 2019 


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