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! 

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/x) in Translational Dementia Research

Code: 1314/2024/5

Support us full-time at the site Bonn.


Your role in detail

A position for a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher is available in the Translational Dementia Research group led by Anja Schneider. The successful applicant will work on blood biomarker projects in different neurodegenerative diseases. We have recently shown, that plasma extracellular vesicle (EV) TDP-43 and Tau content can serve as a biomarker to detect the underlying molecular pathology in Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (Chatterjee et al., Nat. Med., accepted). In follow-up projects, we will focus on discovery, validation and implementation of EV based biomarkers in different neurodegenerative diseases, covering aspects of early preclinical diagnosis, staging, monitoring of disease progression and treatment response. We are using different methods of EV isolation followed by immunoassays, such as ELISA, SIMOA, MSD.

Your qualifications

We are seeking a highly motivated, and creative individual with a background in neuroscience, (neuro)-immunology and biomarker development.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Ph.D. and/or M.D. or equivalent degree in neuroscience, biology or any related field
  • Outstanding record of achievements from prior training
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in biomarker, extracellular vesicle or data analysis would be of advantage.
  • Fluency in English
  • Ability to work in a multicultural international environment

What our employees value

  • Innovation and internationality - a forward-looking infrastructure, modern laboratory and office equipment, software tools and the opportunity for international exchange with your colleagues from 65 nations
  • Work-life balance - we reconcile work and private life with flexible working hours, mobile working, 30 days' holiday (On top free on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) and subsidised job/ Germany ticket options
  • Family-conscious corporate culture - because we know that familie is important, we support you with parent-child offices, family services and daycare co-operations
  • Health promotion – through our extensive range of company health programmes, in cooperation with Sozialwerk.Bund
  • Focus on development - training programmes tailored to your individual needs and annual HR-development meetings for concrete prospects and potential development
  • Remuneration and conditions according to TVöD-Bund - including annual special payment, capital-forming benefits and VBL supplementary pension scheme
  • Job with prospects - the position, which is initially limited to two years, offers the opportunity to become a permanent position
  • Personalised Onboarding - for a good start to your new professional challenge
  • A feel-good working environment - our Bonn employees enjoy a campus surrounded by greenery, with on-site parking and public transport connections as well our company restaurant

We are looking forward to your application consisting of a cover letter stating your motivation, research interests and experience, CV, publication list, as well as two references.

Interviews will first be conducted via video conference, followed by a possible on-site visit to Bonn. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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Contact details

Prof. Dr. Anja Schneider ( )

Working hours


Contract length

1 year, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline

June 15th, 2024

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