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    Opportunity: BioImage Informatics Team Leader @ Scionics Computer Innovation GmbH -- Dresden, Germany
    Submitted by Karen Baines; posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013


    Scionics Computer Innovation GmbH provides consulting, services, and support to academic institutions and scientific research organizations. Scionics integrates information technology and data and image analysis techniques with biology and the life sciences.

    Scionics is located in Dresden, Germany, and is part of the dynamic Biopolis Dresden research campus that includes the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, the Technische Universität Dresden and their Biotechnology Center (Biotec), and the Center for High Performance Computing. Scionics works closely with all these institutions providing Scionics staff access to new technology, exciting projects and research. Scionics works together with a highly international community of scientists who are world leaders in their respective fields. Driven by the frequent requests coming from the institutions on Biopolis Dresden research campus, Scionics wants to strengthen its expertise in BioImage informatics.

    Scionics seeks to recruit a highly motivated individual to lead a small team dedicated to BioImage informatics (biological image analysis). This team will be based within an academic research institute and will provide image analysis services to the Dresden scientific community. The team will work closely with research groups working at the interface of biology and physics as well as with several groups dedicated to optical technology development. This provides an exciting and unique opportunity to work on image analysis in a multidisciplinary environment with biologists, mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists. The contribution of the Biopolis Dresden campus to the BioImage informatics field is featured in Nature Methods 9, 2012.

    The team will also work closely with the core imaging facilities on the Dresden campus. These facilities provide researchers with access to a broad range of imaging technologies. Current imaging technologies available include wide-field fluorescence microscopy, laser scanning confocal microscopy, two-photon microscopy, spinning disk confocal microscopy, selective plane illumination microscopy (SPIM), total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, and super resolution light microscopy as well as electron microscopy. These core imaging facilities are used by hundreds of researchers performing imaging experiments on a broad range of model organisms such as mammalian cells, living or fixed tissue slices, worm, fruit fly, mouse, axolotl and yeast. The multi-dimensional data of such imaging experiments requires expert level computational analysis to extract statistically robust quantitative data.

    As a service, the BioImage informatics service team needs to have outstanding communication skills to establish a close working relationship with researchers and with staff of the core imaging facilities. The goal of such a partnership is to make sure that imaging experiments are planned, designed and performed in a way that the data produced is suitable for subsequent image processing and image analysis. The team will also interact with the computer vision scientists in research groups working on specialized image analysis problems. This close relationship will allow the integration of cutting edge image analysis solutions into the service portfolio.


    • Help scientists rapidly design and build successful image analysis pipelines and data flows using a variety of open source and commercial software packages as well as writing custom code and tools when necessary
    • Manage and use a variety of image processing software packages including MATLAB, ImageJ, Fiji, Huygens, Applied Precision Inc. SoftWoRX, and BioImageXD
    • Manage a "walk-in" consulting service for scientists to guide them to the correct software and image analysis solution
    • Train staff in image analysis techniques and tools through workshops and practical courses
    • Lead an assistant image analyst in their daily tasks and projects
    • When necessary collaborate with researchers to develop and implement algorithms that solve specific image processing problems from cell and developmental biology


    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
    • Proven experience developing and applying image analysis tools and applications
    • Proven experience with image analysis in a life science research environment
    • Familiarity developing image analysis solutions and algorithms with Fiji, ImageJ, MATLAB, or other appropriate tools and directly in C, C++, Java or equivalent language
    • A master's degree with five years of experience, or a PhD or equivalent degree, in an appropriate scientific discipline (Computer Science, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, etc.)
    • Must be fluent in English
    • Ability to work in a team and capability to lead projects


    Dresden, Germany


    If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and any relevant documents to: iadev.job[at] with the subject "Image Analysis Developer - BioImage Informatics Team Leader".

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