The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a world-leading internationally oriented research center, committed to discovering new approaches to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, researchers at ten DZNE sites across Germany pursue a translational and interdisciplinary strategy comprising five interconnected areas: fundamental research, clinical research, health care research, population health science, and systems medicine.

PhD student (f/m/x)

Code: 2086/2022/5

Your tasks

The research group “Juvenile Neurodegeneration”, led by Dr. Sabina Tahirovic, is looking for a PhD student with a strong interest in neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. This PhD project will be focusing on discovering molecular signals that are responsible for microglial dysfunction and targeted repair (see Daria et al., 2016; Sebastian Monasor et al., 2020 and Colombo, Dinkel et al., 2021). The study will include experiments with human cells and murine in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models and apply cell, molecular biology and biochemistry techniques. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate identification of novel therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Niemann Pick type C disease. For more details about our research, please visit our website (DZNE Tahirovic, Sabina > Research areas/focus)


Candidates with a master’s degree in neuroscience (e.g. biology, molecular biomedicine or related subjects) are encouraged to apply. We are looking for highly motivated applicant with good communication and team-working skills, fluent in English and eager to work in an international environment. This project requires excellent cell culture skills and thus prior experience in handling of primary microglia, neurons, induced pluripotent stem cells and organotypic slice cultures is highly desirable. Experience in neuroscience and neuroimmunology research and in vivo models of neurodegenerative diseases (perfusion fixation, tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry) as well as basic knowledge in confocal microscopy are of advantage.

We offer

  • Working in an international team within a stimulating research environment and with very well equipped laboratories
  • An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research
  • A high potential for the individual development of our employees
  • Targeted personnel development
  • The position is initially limited to 2 years
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes

Interested candidates should submit their applications including motivation letter, CV and references via the link below

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Contact details

Dr. Sabina Tahirovic

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline

June 15th, 2022

The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. We would like to point out that as an employee (f/m/x) of the DZNE Munich you are subject to facility-related compulsory vaccination against the COVID-19 virus (according to § 20a of the Infection Protection Act).