e.biofilm — Group of Excellence on Engineered Biofilms

Available position

PhD position available from 24/11-11/12/2023 (until 23h59m, GMT time): Imaging analysis of biofilms (Related with Focus Area 3: Research)

Background in Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or related areas

Focus area three will focus on 3D image analysis and assessing repeatability, reproducibility, responsiveness, and ruggedness of imaging outcomes. The utility of available 3D mapping tools will be explored to determine how their library codes may be applied or modified to answer the research questions being asked in focus areas one and two. Fundamentally, this research will help to set guidelines for what defines reproducibility for imaging outcomes and transcriptomics. This student will also assist in developing a database for the data collected by focus areas one, two and four.



Supervisors: Darla Goeres; Albert Parker; Diogo Narciso

Call open for applications: If you’re interested, please let us know!

Open from 24/11/2023-11/12/2023 (until 23h59m, GMT time)

Please see the announcement at



  1. Hartmann, R. et al. Quantitative image analysis of microbial communities with BiofilmQ. Nat Microbiol (2021) 6, 151–156. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-020-00817-4
  2. Shreeya, M. and Kaushik, K.S. Tools of the Trade: Image Analysis Programs for Confocal Laser-Scanning Microscopy Studies of Biofilms and Considerations for Their Use by Experimental Researchers ACS Omega (2023) DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.2c07255
  3. Parker, A.E., et al. Optimal surface estimation and thresholding of confocal microscope images of biofilms using Beer’s Law, Journal of Microbiological Methods, 2020. V(174),105943, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2020.105943.

You will experience

Career development plan
  • Your CV will be included in the annual booklet of PhD students for industry access

  • Sessions on project and people management

  • Building networks

  • Scientific writing

  • Presentation & communication skills

  • Online writing & social media

Cool / Solid research
Multidisciplinary network
  • Interdisciplinary team

  • Improve language skills

  • Contacts with industry

Networking through traveling
  • Travel to MSU and other scientific and industrial collaborators around Europe

If you want to know more, please contact us!

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