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8 Jun 2024

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PhD Project
Collaborative Research Center AquaDiva

Doctoral Researcher Position with Raman Spectroscopy in Jena, Germany (2/2)

8 Jun 2024

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Position Description

The Collaborative Research Center SFB 1076 “AquaDiva – Understanding the Links between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere” is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). AquaDiva is an ambitious research center with more than 70 researchers and Institutes at four faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and three non-university research institutes in Jena or Leipzig. The integrated Research Training Group AquaDiva is educating doctoral researchers in a structured, interdisciplinary training program. AquaDiva combines different research areas, such as ecology, microbiology, hydrogeology, soil science, geomorphology, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, chemistry, and information science, to a comprehensive picture of subsurface research (

The Integrated Research Training Group AquaDiva invites applications for a
Doctoral Researcher Position (m/f; Ref.No. 132/2017)
at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU)

Development of Statistical Approaches to Differentiate between Raman Spectra of Isotopically Labeled Bacteria

In this project, different Raman techniques in combination with microfluidics will be used for the detection and sorting of isotopically labeled single bacterial cells. In this subproject, the Raman and CRS data will be used to establish different adapted chemometric algorithms, in order to differentiate normal from isotopically labeled bacteria. Here, a special emphasis will be on algorithms for the analysis of spectra from multi-labeling experiments. The output of these algorithms will then be used as triggering signal for the microfluidic device.

A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, or related discipline; candidates expected to earn their degree by September 2017 are welcome to apply
Solid knowledge of statistics and/or mathematics
Profound programming skills in a higher programming language (Matlab, R, Python)
Excellent technical skills in data mining, multivariate statistics, mathematical modelling, statistics, image analysis
Enthusiasm to play an active role in the interdisciplinary research team of AquaDiva
Highly motivated and creative personalities, with an interest to shape their own thesis project
Excellent written and oral communications skills in English

We offer:
A doctoral researcher position (TV-L E13 – salary agreement for public service employees, 65%) with funding from Sep 1, 2017, until Jun 30, 2021, as well as generous research funding with the possibility of a three-months research stay abroad
Opportunity for research on an innovative and unique Critical Zone research platform
A comprehensive mentoring program with supervision by a team of advisors
A communicative atmosphere within a scientific network providing top-level research facilities and training program, including participation in international and national conferences and workshops
The place of work is Jena, Germany, a young and lively university town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific centers of innovation, and a vibrant cultural scene around a university with a rich tradition

How to Apply

Applications should be written in English. The application deadline is June 16th, 2017. Applications are submitted exclusively via an online application tool: Selected applicants will be invited to a recruitment symposium in Jena, Germany, presumably in August, 2017. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude are given preferential consideration. For more information on the position, feel free to contact Dr. Petra Rösch ( For more information on the application process, please contact the coordinator, Dr. Maria Fabisch ( More project details: