Open Positions

The EPFL ranks among the world’s top scientific universities. We are located in Lausanne in Switzerland, a beautiful and highly international city on the shores of the scenic Lake Geneva, situated within an Alpine setting in the heart of Europe. English is the main language at the EPFL and in our laboratory, while Lausanne is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. We are committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

In our lab, you will join a collaborative, international, and diverse research team with interdisciplinary expertise in biology, physics, computer science and engineering. The focus of research at our Laboratory of Biological Electron Microscopy (LBEM) in the physics department of the EPFL is on neurodegeneration and method development in cryo-EM. We enjoy unique state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Available positions

PostDoc or Senior Scientist position in Data Analysis and Software Development for 4D STEM and Cryo-EM in Life Sciences+-

We are looking for a PostDoc or Senior Scientist to join our team to explore new approaches in diffractive imaging for high-resolution cryo-EM.

The low signal-to-noise ratio in cryo-EM is limiting its performance. We explore diffractive electron imaging technologies such as Ptychography and other 4D STEM variants to improve resolution and contrast in cryo-EM. For this, we develop novel approaches using a 300kV Titan Krios equipped with a cold-FEG, an RF cavity for GHz beam pulsing, a Cs probe corrector, the usual autoloader and Falcon4i, and followed by energy filtration and super-fast hybrid pixel electron detection.

For this project, we are looking for an expert in cryo-EM data analysis, and/or software development for image processing, and/or hardware and software development for high-throughput image processing. Extensive computing equipment (NVIDIA GPUs) and high-speed detectors (up to 120'000 frames per second) are available.

Candidates should have experience in image processing and software development.

This position is ERC funded and is available immediately. The start date is flexible.
The position is annually renewable for at least 4 years.

If interested, please contact Henning Stahlberg for more info.

PhD Thesis in software development for data processing of cryo-EM and 4D-STEM image data.+-

We are looking for a researcher to participate in the development and application of image analysis software for cryo-electron microscopy data. These data are from conventional cryo-EM imaging, and also from 4D-STEM experiments. For the latter, a high-speed camera will run at 120'000 frames per second and record diffraction patterns from different probe positions on the sample. These are then combined by ptychography algorithms to obtain high-resolution images and 3D reconstructions of the sample. Our lab has ample computing equipment available, including multi-GPU clusters.

A background in Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Bioinformatics, Physics, or related disciplines, or alternatively a background in a natural sciences discipline combined with a fascination for software development and algorithms is required.

The position is available immediately. Funding is secured among other sources through an ERC grant.

For more information on this topic, please contact Henning Stahlberg.


Henning Stahlberg
Office: BSP 421
phone +41 21 693 45 07


Amanda Lewis
Office: BSP 420
phone +41 21 693 88 78

Afiliated PhD Graduate Groups

Our lab is affiliated with the doctoral programs listed below. Interested candidates can apply via two routes: You can directly to our lab, or you can apply to a suitable doctoral program and inform us on the same time.

Master Thesis & Student Projects

We are always looking for motivated master students for various different projects. Potential projects ideas are outlined under Student Projects. Some projects are also suited for semester students. Have a look and contact us to chat about a project. We look forward hearing from you!