Product Development Engineer (m/f/d)
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT), Jena
The Leibniz Institute of Photonics Technology (Leibniz-IPHT) offers a position in the Department of Fiber Research and Technology, Working group holographic endoscopy, related to the transfer of research project DeepEn, at the rank of:
Product Development Engineer (m/f/d)
in Transfer of Research Start-up
The post is offered in full-time (100%) for the duration of one year starting 1st December 2021. Afterwards, there is the possibility to extend the contract to two years and later join the spin-off company DeepEn Systems GmbH after it will be officially founded 2023. The successful candidate will join a small and highly dynamic start-up team working at the commercialization of hair-thin, unique holographic endoscope systems for the purposes of in-vivo neuroscience and medical diagnostics.
The Leibniz-IPHT is an independent research institute with close connection to the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and a member of the Leibniz association.
Topic and job description:
The DeepEn team is working on the commercialisation of hair-thin, holographic endoscopes researched at Leibniz-IPHT and its international partner institutions. In neuroscience, these will be used to capture images with the sharpness of modern microscopes (sub-cellular image resolution) from unprecedented depth inside the living brain. This procedure is minimally invasive as the endoscope consists only of a single optical fibre, as thin as a human hair (~0.1mm). Target customers will be institutes conducting research of the brain functions (e.g., learning, memory formation, neurodegenerative diseases). Our long-term vision is, however, the application of the hair-thin endoscope in medicine, enabling minimally invasive diagnosis or treatment using light (e.g., neurosurgery, optical biopsy, photoablation).
Our start-up recently received funding of €1m for the next two years (EXIST transfer of research scholarship from the BMWi) to develop and test the first prototypes of the endoscope. The team consists of a photonics specialist, a medical doctor, and a business specialist, under mentoring of Prof. Dr. Tomáš Čižmár, the inventor of the technology.
DeepEn is hosted in the modern premises of Leibniz-IPHT in Jena (Germany), featuring spacious optics laboratories, in-house fibre-manufacturing facilities as well as a support by mechanical workshops.
The successful candidate will work together with our photonics specialist on the development and testing of the first product prototypes for use in neuroscientific research.
- Responsible collaboration on system solution development, such as miniaturization and stabilization of the existing laboratory set-ups, up to the transfer to a tested instrument prototype (from TRL-level 4 to TRL-level 7).
- Implementation of software for complex scientific equipment and integration with the electrical system components.
- Conduct functional tests of the electronics and software for subsystems as well as the overall system.
- Conduct customer tests to improve user friendliness (e.g., design of customer interface).
- Support planning for implementation and production of the finished system.
- Successful completion of higher education degree (Bachelor/Master/Diploma) in engineering, information technology, programming, electrical engineering, optical engineering, or a related field.
- Proven experience in development of scientific instruments and integration of hardware and software components.
- Proven experience in prototype-based instrument development.
- Good/very good knowledge in optoelectronics & instrument automatization
Desired Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to work independently
- Clear and open communication
- Previous industrial experience would be beneficial
- Knowledge of Python and C programming languages
- Experience with security certification procedures for electric instruments in Germany
- Basic understanding of wave optics (e.g., phenomena such as diffraction, interference, polarization)
- Strong personal initiative and creative thinking
- Willingness to travel for several days, for example to tests prototypes in customer laboratories or for seminars/workshops
- High willingness to learn about new fields (e.g., neuroscience, medicine) and work in an interdisciplinary, international environment
- German tariffs for public employees (TV-L).
What we offer:
- Highly motivated, ambitious, and driven team
- Great opportunities for learning and working in a start-up environment
- Warm, welcoming culture and team spirit
- Interdisciplinary and international workplace
- A family-friendly atmosphere with work-life balance as a central concern
As an equal opportunity employer, the Leibniz-IPHT committed to increase the proportion of female employees and scientists and therefore especially encourages applications from them.
Informal enquires may be addressed to Patrick Westermann (email: Patrick.Westermann(at)leibniz-ipht.de).
Applications must include:
- Cover letter outlining the candidate's suitability for the position, including a reflection on possible contributions to the success of the project
- Curriculum Vitae written in English and German
- Certificates, degrees (for foreign applicants: certificates must be translated into English and notarized)
- Names and contact details of two references (Please indicate, whether we can contact them before the interview)
For more information on DeepEn and the work packages planned for the coming 2 years please follow this link.
Please submit your application electronically in PDF format until 31th October 2021 to:
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena
Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena, Germany
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