PhD position/doctoral student (f/m/d)

Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN), Magdeburg

We offer two fixed-term positions (3 years) with a salary of TV-L E 13 (65%) commencing 1/10/2020 (earlier also possible) until 9/2023. The positions are part of a conjoint DFG-funded project at the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) in Magdeburg.

The central aim of this project is to understand how the brain’s extracellular matrix (ECM) is regulated by dopamine during learning in adult rodents. This conjoint project combines state-of-the-art molecular techniques (proteinbiochemistry, RNAi), optogenetics, in vivo recordings and behavior. Please find more information on recent publications and the project here https://cloud.lin-magdeburg.de/s/A7XNEmiHaAyBF3Z.

At the FAU Erlangen, the position is situated in the research group of Dr. Renato Frischknecht within the Animal Physiology/Neurobiology (Department of Biology). At the LIN Magdeburg, the position is in the CortXplorer research group headed by PD Dr. Max Happel.

We offer

  • Long-standing experience with supervision of doctoral thesis and personal scientific development
  • Integration into state-of-the-art graduate training at the host institutions (FAU and LIN)
  • Young & enthusiastic team with a supportive and friendly working atmosphere
  • Modern state-of-the-art molecular, cellular and systems neuroscience methods (proteinbiochemistry, RNAi techniques, stereotactic surgeries, in vivo multichannel recordings, optogenetics, behavior)
  • Fully equipped neuroscience environment and a vivid collaborative scientific network
  • Participation in international conferences
  • High-standard career development (FELASA certification, workshops, programs for female scientists)

Your profile

  • M.Sc./equivalent in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical engineering, Neuroscience, Life Sciences, or related
  • Keen interest in molecular and systems neuroscience and mechanisms of learning & memory
  • Enthusiasm to learn & develop
  • Independent, self-reliant and dedicated style of work
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Native ability to cooperate and to work in a team
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in English
  • Knowledge & experience in molecular or cellular techniques are a plus
  • Programming experience (preferably MATLAB or Python) are advantageous for the position at LIN

Your tasks

  • FAU: proteinbiochemistry, generation of RNAi constructs, Western blotting, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy
  • LIN: stereotactic surgeries, in vivo multichannel recordings, optogenetics, behavior
  • Frequently exchange between both laboratories
  • Experimental work, data analysis, presentation of results on scientific conferences, publication of results in international peer-reviewed journals

The FAU Erlangen/Nuremberg offers a research-centered environment and the ECM group in the Animal Physiology/Neurobiology section has a strong focus on the molecular and cellular role of the extracellular matrix. The LIN Magdeburg is an internationally renowned center for learning and memory research. The CortXplorer group focuses on cortical mechanisms of learning and memory in rodents.

Please find more information about our research groups here:

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. Disabled applicants with equivalent occupational aptitude will be considered preferentially. We are looking forward to your electronic application in English that should include a cover letter stating research interests and previous experience, a CV, and contact information of two referees.

Please send one PDF file comprising your motivation, CV and copies of relevant certificates to Renato Frischknecht (renato.frischkecht(at)fau.de at FAU Erlangen; molecular and cellbiological part of the project) or Max Happel (mhappel(at)lin-magdeburg.de; at LIN Magdeburg for systems neuroscience part of the project). Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing, followed by a possible on-site visit at the host institutions. Applications are considered until the position is filled.

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