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W3-Professorship in Experimental Biophotonics in the research area of Biosciences (f/m/d)

Organizational unit

Division I - Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering

Job description

We are looking for an ambitious scientist who has already demonstrated her/his expertise in application-related basic research in experimental biophotonics and biological self-organisation at the cellular and organismic level.

We expect from you a strengthening of our research in the area of biological information processing and a commitment to innovation. Here you will be working towards the developing of new technologies and their transfer into commercial applications, either through the founding of start-up companies, or by the integration of innovation initiatives, particularly in the areas of photonics, biomedical optics, augmented vision and microrobotics, in a similar manner to how these were implemented in, for example, the Zeiss Innovation Hub@KIT.

In your research you will develop non-invasive or innovative optical methodologies for directing and controlling both cellular and organismic development processes, or investigate the transmission of light into biological tissues. Cooperations with existing Research Groups at the Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems (IBCS) will be desirable, and you will have access to the animal model systems (zebrafish, medaka fish, mice) that have been established there. You will be strongly committed to the interdisciplinary cooperation within KIT, at the intersection of information and material sciences and chemical and biosciences. Your research must be integrated within the Research Program “Natural, Artificial, and Cognitive Information Processing” of the Helmholtz Association, and also in the “Karlsruhe Center for Optics & Photonics” (KCOP).

We also expect your commitment to teaching in the Bachelor degree course Biology, in the subject area Cellular Biophysics in the field of study Applied Biology. Within the Master degree courses General Biology and Chemical Biology you will particularly contribute to teaching in the areas of physical optics (concentrating on biomedical applications) as well as the quantitative concepts of the underlying biology and biophysics.

An involvement in the teaching activity of the “Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics” (KSOP) will be possible.

Starting date

Zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt / as soon as possible

Personal qualification

We are looking for a Physicist (m/f/d) specialising in either Biophotonics or Optics and Photonics. You are a person who will bring extensive experience in these key areas, and who has proved your excellence through the international visibility of your research. In addition, we expect leadership skills, a capacity for teamwork, and the proficiency for the teaching described above. A readiness for interdisciplinary cooperation within KIT and an ability to bring in third-party funding from public and private sources are both essential.

You will be able to demonstrate your teaching abilities by a Habilitation or an equivalent qualification.

Employment conditions as outlined in § 47 LHG (Act of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges) in conjunction with § 20 KITG (KIT-Act) in the version applicable until the legal validity of the 2. KIT-Weiterentwicklungsgesetz (2nd KIT Further Development Act) shall apply.

This is what we offer

KIT is certified as a family-friendly university and offers part-time employment, leaves of absence, a Dual Career Service and coaching to actively promote a work-life-balance.

Contract duration


Application up to

August 16, 2021

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Mr. Prof. Dr. Martin Bastmeyer, phone 0721 608-43085, Email:


Applications with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, publication list, research plans and teaching concept), together with a list of projects for which you have obtained third-party funding, should be sent electronically to: Prof. Dr. Andrea Robitzki, Leiterin des Bereich I – Biologie, Chemie und Verfahrenstechnik, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), c/o Dekanat der KIT-Fakultät für Chemie und Biowissenschaften, Kaiserstr. 12, D-76131 Karlsruhe; Email:

KIT is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.

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