Microscopy Department, Leibniz-IPHT, Jena, Germany

Biophotonics serves as the link to all research activities at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology’s (Leibniz-IPHT). In line with its motto “Photonics for Life”, the scientists at Leibniz-IPHT are investigating biophotonic processes and advanced fibre laser systems to address issues in the fields of medicine and health sciences.

Three focal points in research are fibre optics and laser systems, photonic detection, and biophotonics. IPHT is involved in research, development and translation into innovative application-oriented systems at the interface of these areas.

The institute was founded in 1992 and has been performing top, world-renowned research ever since. On January 1, 2014, Leibniz-IPHT became a member of the Leibniz Association, jointly supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the federal government. IPHT employs 330 people.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Heintzmann

The microscopy department of the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, led by Prof. Dr. Rainer Heintzmann focusses on developing novel approaches to microscopy.

The group has a long-standing experience in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy based on scanning and non-scanning techniques. Methods such as linear and non-linear structured illumination, image inversion interferometry, optical photon reassignment and alike were developed. Recent interest addresses the exploitation of quantum entanglement for transmission super-resolution microscopy to circumvent the diffraction limit. Required equipment, such as light sources, down-conversion crystals and imaging and non-imaging detectors with single photon sensitivity, and basic microscopy setups is existing within the department.

The group can also support the applicant with its extensive expertise in image processing and wave optical simulation.

Contact person – Prof. Dr. Rainer Heintzmann

Contact the host – Expression of Interest Portal

As per COFUND guidelines, fellowship programmes will be based on individual-driven mobility, i.e., researchers will be able to freely choose a research topic fitting their individual needs.

The subject of the research project is expected to contribute to European competitiveness and to be in the general field of Photonics and/or its applications. Within these limitations, applicants can freely choose both their research topic and their host organisation, in the spirit of the ‘European Charter for Researchers’.