PhD student (f/m/d) position

Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN), Magdeburg

The Neuronetwork “CBBScircuitS – A NeuroNetwork for functional analysis of the engram connectome” offers for a skilled and highly motivated student one

PhD student (f/m/d) position

at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany for a three-year fixed term appointment with a salary of TV-L E 13 (65%) starting from January 1st, 2020.

The position is funded by the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF 2014-2020), Project: Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences (CBBS), FKZ: ZS/2016/04/78120.

Life is built of a myriad of events, but most of them tend to repeat on a daily basis. The brain is then faced with the challenge of storing highly similar experiences as independent memories. This is achieved through cognitive processes like pattern separation and pattern completion (Rolls, 2013 Front Syst Neurosci). In this NeuroNetwork we will employ state-of-the-art engram labeling and tracing technologies (Choi et al., 2018 Nature, Sakurai et al 2016, Neuron), in order to unravel the role of hippocampal circuits, oscillatory activity and synaptic proteins in pattern separation and pattern completion. The student will performed behavioral experiments with transgenic mouse lines, couple with optogenetics/viral injections, immunohistochemistry, and molecular biology techniques like western blot, qPCR and cloning.

Your profile

  • a completed university degree (master, diploma or similar qualification) in neuroscienceor a related field
  • hands-on experience in behavioral experiments, stereotaxic surgery and molecularbiology experiments

You will be part of the Kreutz Lab (www.kreutzlab.com), headed by Dr. Michael R. Kreutz, devoted to understand how activity-dependent gene expression feeds back to synaptic function and how this is related to the formation of a cellular engram (Koopmans et al., 2019 Neuron; Spilker et al., 2016, Plos Genetics; Karpova et a., 2013, Cell). Magdeburg is the capital of Saxony-Anhalt, close to big centers like Berlin, Leipzig and Hannover, and with affordable costs of living.

We offer excellent PhD supervision, including a thesis committee, participation in the local Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences (CBBS) graduate training program and state-of-the-art infrastructure. Collaborations within the CBBS and with international groups offer a competitive and instructive environment.

If we have sparked your interest, please send your application documents including a motivation statement, CV, copies of relevant certificates and the addresses of two references (preferably in the form of a single pdf document) to Dr. Guilherme Monteiro Gomes (ggomes(at)lin-magdeburg.de).

An initial inspection of the applications will take place by November 30, 2019.

Your appointment and welfare benefits will be in line with the Collective Agreement for Public Service in the Federal States (TV-L). Equality of opportunity and the compatibility of career and family form part of our HR policy. Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preferential treatment if equal suitability is demonstrated.

Please be aware that costs for application and interview are not refundable. The application documents and data will be stored and used only for the selection. Please note the information for storage of personal data: https://www.lin-magdeburg.de/fileadmin/user_upload/04_Karriere/Datenschutzhinweise_Bewerber_LIN.pdf.