PhD student positions (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN), Magdeburg

The Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology is an internationally recognized neuroscientific research institute dedicated to research on learning and memory. Our research comprises all organizational levels of the brain – from molecular and cellular processes to complex neuronal networks and behavior. The Institute is a foundation under public law and committed to a comprehensive policy of Equal Opportunities in employment and research.

The research group Cognition & Emotion at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg (Germany) offers two

PhD student positions (f/m/d)

for a 3-year fixed-term period (in accordance with the availability of funds and individual requirements) at a salary of TV-L E 13 (65%). The position is available from January 1st, 2023, flexible for the right candidate.

About the project:

Both PhD positions will be integrated within a larger project titled “Can we learn to be good?” The project is focused on investigating neural networks underlying prosocial behaviour in mice. The PhD projects will involve behavioural studies, Calcium imaging, in vivo electrophysiology, as well as molecular techniques. The candidates are expected to be familiar with animal experimentation and ideally have already collected experience with techniques focused on studying neural networks activity in vivo. Interest in using computational tools is highly desirable.

Background of the lab:

Cognition and Emotion laboratory has been opened at the LIN in January 2021. We aim at a unified perspective on molecular signatures, oscillatory activity, and cognitive and emotional mnemonic functions of input-output clusters of subcortical and hippocampal neurons. The group leader has previously established a research program on the role of interneurons in controlling hippocampal memory-related circuits in vitro (Leao, Mikulovic et al., Nat Neurosci, 2012, Mikulovic et al., Front Cell Neurosci, 2015) and in vivo (Mikulovic et al., Nat Commun, 2018; Siwani et al., Neuron, 2018). We are a young, interdisciplinary and highly motivated group that uses a variety of cutting-edge techniques and approaches with the main aim of answering how cognitive and emotional information processing underlie learning and memory.

Your profile

  • completed university degree (master, diploma or similar qualification) in neuroscience, biology, zoology, biochemistry or other relevant discipline
  • lnterested in behavior and molecular brain research
  • independent, self-reliant and dedicated style of work

For further information, please contact Sanja.Mikulovic@lin-magdeburg.de.

The employment, salary and employee benefits comply with the collective pay agreement (German TV-L). Equal opportunities as well as compatibility of family and work are part of our HR policy. The LIN seeks to increase the number of female personnel in those areas where women are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent occupational aptitude will be considered preferentially.

We are looking forward to your application. Please send one single PDF document including a brief letter of motivation, a CV including a list of publications, a copy of your most recent academic degree, and 1-2 contacts acting as referees to report on your scientific potential to BewerbungCogEm@lin-magdeburg.de.

Suitable candidates will be selected for a telephone or video interview and/or invited for a talk and interview on site. Review of the applications will start on 15th December 2022 and end when the position is filled.

If you have an international degree, please also enclose a certificate evaluation from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) with your application. If you do not yet have a certificate evaluation, you would have to apply for one upon successful application. For more information, please visit https://www.kmk.org/zab/zeugnisbewertung.html.

By submitting your application, you consent to the processing of your personal data for the purpose of the application process. Our detailed privacy policy for applicants (m/w/d) acc. Art. 13 DSGVO on data processing in the application process will be sent on request. Documents will be deleted after 6 months. Based on applicable law, the LIN cannot reimburse costs in relation to application.

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