Master Thesis at the Chair for Biological Imaging (CBI)


Master thesis in opto-acoustic sensor development

The Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) of the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Munich, Germany, is a multidisciplinary academic and research structure focusing on innovating optical and optoacoustic imaging technology and enabling novel visualization opportunities in biology, medicine and the environment. With a strong international presence and many prestigious awards, IBMI leads imaging and sensing technologies, advances bio-medical discovery and translates novel sensing technologies to clinical and environmental applications. The mission: Multispectral Optoacoustic Imaging combines the high contrast of optical excitation and the high resolution of ultrasound in opaque media. Common ultrasound detectors are bulky and expensive. There are alternative cheap and small detectors but they require an acoustic resonator chamber to detect the single frequency there are tuned to. We are developing a Frequency Domain optoacoustic sensor for detecting small concentrations of different molecules. An ambitious and curious master student is wanted for the following tasks: · Simulate the sound propagation in a resonator chamber and calculate its resonant frequency · Design and manufacture a resonating chamber for an optoacoustic sensor · Carry out measurement on phantoms and optimize the sensor’s parameters

Your profile:

You are a student of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics or a related subject looking for a master thesis · You bring excellent laboratory skills and an ambitious, progress orientated attitude · Understanding of the basics of sound and/or light propagation · Programming capabilities, including Matlab, and C/C++ · Experience in simulations, algorithm development and image processing · Team player skills and enthusiasm to work in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment · Excellent command of the English language Preferred skills include background/experience with ultrasound hardware and transducers, and sensitive analog electronics. This is a paid position as a student assistant (HiWi) in Germany.

Contact information:

Mr. Antonios Stylogiannis


Tel.:+49 89 3187 4452


Mr. Ludwig Prade


Tel.:+49 89 3187 2387

Technische Universität München (TUM)

Germany Web pages: Chair for Biological Imaging (CBI) Ismaningerstr. 22 81675 München,