DZNE is a world-leading, internationally oriented center for cutting-edge research into diseases of the nervous system.

At 10 locations in Germany, around 1,200 employees are working together on new approaches to better understand and effectively combat diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS. 

That is our goal - maybe soon yours too? Become part of the DZNE and support us in realizing our research strategy! 

2 PhD students (f/m/x) in the field of Neuro-Immune Interaction

Code: 2109/2024/5


Our research focus and your tasks

Our research focuses on understanding the pathomechanisms underlying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), with a particular emphasis on protein aggregation and neuroinflammation.

Our recent work has uncovered disrupted neuroimmune interactions within both central nervous system (CNS) resident cells and peripheral immune cells.  Our methodology encompasses a range of advanced techniques including immunopeptidome analysis, single-cell transcriptomics, T-cell receptor (TCR) cloning, adeno-associated virus (AAV) systems in human biosamples, primary immune cell culture, and in vivo rodent models.

We provide a highly international, adaptable, and well-equipped work environment conducive to productivity. We have recently received a ERC Starting Grant to further our understanding of altered neuro-immune interactions driven by protein aggregation in ALS/FTD.

Your profile

  • A Master degree in the following fields: Biological Sciences or similar or Master in Medicine or Veterinary Medicine
  • Preferred background in immunology, autoimmune diseases, or infectious diseases
  • Experience with primary cell culture and/or animal research
  • Fluency in English for communicating, writing, and presentation of scientific data
  • Enthusiasm for exploring and innovating with new techniques
  • Willingness to work in a diverse and interdisciplinary team of supportive scientists

We offer

  • An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research.
  • Opportunity to get hands-on experience with industry-standard automation technologies and facilities.
  • Targeted personnel development
  • The positions are initially limited to two years
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes

For questions prior to your application, please feel free to contact Dr. Qihui Zhou (

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Contact details

Dr. Qihui Zhou (

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline

June 30st, 2024

The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It especially welcomes and encourages disabled individuals to apply. You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE.