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We are always on the look for bright minds that wish to share their passion with us.

If you are a student or a laser scientist, a specialist in molecular sciences, a physician, a nurse, an engineer, or a data analyst – if you share the motivation to devise new approaches for quantifying the molecules of life to improve human health – do get in touch with us!

Dr. Mihaela Žigman
Email: mihaela.zigman@mpq.mpg.de

  • M.Sc. // Join the cutting-edge of Molecular Profiling II

    Are you passionate about advancing medical diagnostics through innovative technologies? The Broadband Infrared Diagnostics (BIRD) group (www.attoworld.de/bird), located at the Chair of Experimental Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), is at the forefront of combining laser physics with molecular medicine.


    About Us: The BIRD group merges femtosecond laser-based technologies, molecular spectroscopy, and complex organic matter analysis to pioneer new strategies for probing human health and detecting cancer. Our dynamic, interdisciplinary team consists of physicists, physical chemists, data scientists, molecular biologists, and clinical specialists dedicated to applying infrared spectroscopy to molecular medicine and diagnostics.

    Position Overview:
    We are currently seeking skilled and motivated students to join our team. In this role, you will be developing and implementing various sample processing, analytical chromatographic, spectroscopic workflows, and chemical modification of human samples to advance molecular profiling in medical testing. The goal is to integrate liquid chromatography and other sample processing steps with spectroscopic profiling for high-throughput infrared molecular fingerprinting.

    Required qualifications:

    1. BSc background in biotechnology, analytical and organic chemistry, biophysics, or related fields in molecular and life sciences;
    2. Enthusiasm for applying the latest developments in laser physics to advance medical probing for the benefit of human health.
    1. Collaborate with a dynamic inter-disciplinary team to design and implement cutting-edge analytical and pre-analytical workflows combined with infrared spectroscopy;
    2. Contribute to the development of high-throughput molecular profiling techniques;
    3. Utilize your expertise to enhance our joint capabilities to probe human health and detect disease.
    Position Details:
    1. Location: Research Center Garching, Faculty of Physics at LMU, Am Coulombwall 1, 85748 Garching;
    2. Easily accessible by public transport.

    Explore the intersection of biotechnology and cutting-edge laser physics at the department that just received recognition by the Nobel Prize in 2023 to our director – join our team and make a lasting impact on the future of medical diagnostics!

    Learn more about our work:


    Dr. Mihaela Zigman

    Dr. Frank Fleischmann


  • M.Sc. // Investigating spectroscopic workflows in human blood analysis

    For master students of Physics, Biophysics, Statistical Physics or related:

    The Broadband Infrared Diagnostics (BIRD) group, at the Chair of Experimental Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) is combining femtosecond laser-based technologies, and molecular spectroscopy with computational data analyses for developing novel molecular infrared fingerprinting techniques to probe human health.

    BIRD Master

    Dynamic and highly interdisciplinary team of physicists, data scientists, biologists and clinical personnel are working together towards the application of infrared spectroscopy for molecular medicine and diagnostics. In particular, minuscule changes in the molecular makeup left in the blood trail are used to capture and characterize health and disease in human population (www.attoworld.de/bird)

    We have an opening for a master thesis project which will evaluate spectroscopic workflows and a data-science related topic analysing measured spectroscopic data. Our aim is to study the diagnostic capacity of spectroscopic profiling by analysing the infrared molecular fingerprints of human blood plasma. Tasks will focus on analysing how different workflows and deviations from a standardized protocol can lead to variations in the captured spectral measurements. If interested, please do get in touch with us: Dr. Mihaela Zigman (mihaela.zigman@mpq.mpg.de) and Tarek Eissa (tarek.eissa@physik.uni-muenchen.de) and talk to us about the possibility!
    Our group is based at the Research Center in Garching (Forschungszentrum Garching, Section Physics of LMU, Am Coulombwall 1, 85748 Garching), which is easily accessible by public transport.

    Required qualifications:

    1. strong academic record ;
    2. interest in medical applications;
    3. basic knowledge in biophysics/physical chemistry;
    4. basic knowledge in statistics/data analytics

    Dr. Mihaela Zigman
    Tarek Eissa


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