Need free lab space for your research?


Are you frustrated with waiting for instrument time in your department? Fed up with cleaning up someone else’s mess before you can get to work? Do you wish for more flexibility, or even better an instrument at your disposal whenever you need it?

Then lab4you is for YOU! We are now again looking to support young, enthusiastic scientists with an interesting topic of research, by offering instrument time on the entire range of our state-of-the-art analytical equipment in the Shimadzu Laboratory World in Duisburg, Germany.

Furthermore, within the framework of the European Innovation Center, Shimadzu provides a direct connection to our key opinion leaders and their laboratories in the field of clinical, food, composite and imaging research.

You will also benefit from the advice of our on-site product specialists.

Our successful candidates

We have supported multiple students with our lab4you students’ program. Get to know our past participants, who got the chance to advance their research by using the equipment in the Shimadzu Laboratory World.


2023: Melina Panagoulias

Our successful candidate in 2023 was Melina Panagoulias

She is currently PhD student at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg with a focus on pharmaceutical biology. Her work in Shimadzu´s lab will deal with the question “How do multiple stress conditions influence the defense in the Salicaceae plant family?”

2022: Ing. Jan Fučík

Our successful candidate in 2022 was Ing. Jan Fučík

He is currently a PhD student at Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry (Brno, Czech Republic) with a focus on chemistry and technology of environmental protection. The group’s area of research is the monitoring of common pharmaceuticals in the environment and developing potential solutions to remove these micropollutants, lower their bioavailability and also to determine accessible residual limits in the environment. The work at Shimazu aims at the identification of metabolites from target substances in lettuce and earthworms by LC-HRMS.

2020: Dr. Tessema Mekonnen

Our successful candidate in 2020 was Dr. Tessema Mekonnen

He works as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Rheinbach, Germany. His main research interests are the development of mobile analytical methods for detection and identification of nitrosamines in (waste)water during ozonation treatment and algal bloom toxin biomarkers in surface water.

2018: Nora Gibitz Eisath

Our successful candidate in 2018 was Nora Gibitz Eisath

She works as a PhD student in the Institute of Pharmacy - Pharmacognosy of the University of Innsbruck, (Austria). Her main research interests are the investigation of the potential of supercritical fluid chromatography for natural product analysis, analytical method development and validation for the quality control of medicinal plants, as well as isolation and structure elucidation of secondary plant metabolites.

2017: Lars Appel and Lisa Emhofer

Our successful candidates in 2017 were:

Lars Appel
He is a research assistant at the Insitut für Textiltechnik (ITA) der RWTH Aachen University looking to analyse the fracture and fatigue behavior of out-of-autoclave thin-ply carbon fiber reinforced plastics, which are increasingly being used in many sectors of the economy such as the automotive industry, aerospace and sports equipment.

Lisa Emhofer
She is a research assistant at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria, focused on studying the interactions of plants with pharmaceuticals.

During her time in the Shimadzu laboratory world she is planning to investigate the metabolism of pharmaceuticals in plants, to identify metabolites and approaches for their analysis at trace levels.

2016: Debora Pensi

Our successful candidate in 2016 was Debora Pensi

She works as a PhD student of Molecular Medicine in the Department of Medical Sciences of the University of Turin. Her research aim is the development and validation of a UHPLC MS-MS method for therapeutic drug monitoring of some drugs, including monoclonal antibodies, and their application in clinical laboratories.

Her current research activity in Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry is carried out at the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics of the University of Turin.

2015: Carola Schultz and Katarzyna Brama

Our successful candidate in 2022 were:

Carola Schultz
She is a PhD student at the MEET Battery Research Center (University of Muenster) in the competence areas analytic & recycling and aging & safety. Her research aim is the investigation of organic Lithium-ion battery (LiB) electrolytes with HPLC-UV/VIS and HPLC- MS.

Katarzyna Brama
She is a PhD student at the Warsaw University of Technology. Her work comprises metal complex and bioligand studies in tomato and garden cress extracts performed by means of hyphenated techniques.

She’ll look at the identification of metal complexes with HILIC ESI MS/MS and new determination methods for phytochelatins in natural samples using HPLC with fluorescence detection.

Wanted: clever minds!

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This is you
  • Registered at a European university
  • Undergraduate degree with a science background
  • Approved topic of research (MSc or PhD thesis or postdoc research). Please upload your CV and a short abstract of your work/project, including:
    • Scope of the project
    • Your focus
    • Aims and objectives
    • What are the innovative aspects of your research?
    • Time frame of your work
    • Start date (please include more than one option, such as earliest and latest possible
  • Practical experience, especially use of required equipment
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to identify and gather important findings and effectively present key messages and takeaways in written form and/or oral presentations
Our offer
  • State of the art technology in modern and well maintained laboratories
  • New and well serviced analytical instrumentation from HPLC / UHPLC or SFC to GC, a wide range of spectroscopy equipment (UV, IR, FTIR, ICP ...) as well as MALDI-MS for imaging experiments (find a full overview of the analytical equipment offered by Shimadzu here)
  • Materials Testing & Inspection (find a full overview of the equipment offered by Shimadzu here)
  • Product specialists to assist with use of the equipment
Terms and Conditions
  • I agree with the terms and conditions of Shimadzu Europa GmbH.
  • I agree that parts of the work realized in the Shimadzu Laboratory World can be published by Shimadzu Europa GmbH and used for marketing activities (in accordance with university regulations).
  • I confirm that I am currently registered at a European University.
  • The successful applicant can claim the prize until the 31st of October 2023.
  • The prize cannot be paid in cash.
  • There is no right of appeal.
  • The winner will be notified in written form by Shimadzu Europa GmbH.
  • All data and information exchanged within the framework of this contest will be treated confidentially
  • Shimadzu employees are excluded from this program.
  • Draw limited to one prize only per participant.