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) – Optogenetic Tools for Neuroscience

Code: 10040/2022/6

Collaborative Research Center 1315 “Memory Consolidation” (SFB 1315) / Dr. Benjamin Rost

To strengthen our research on optogenetics we are looking for a PhD student with an interest in neurobiology and biophysics. The successful applicant will be directly supervised by Dr. Benjamin Rost (part of the laboratory of Prof. Dietmar Schmitz at the Charité and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases), and co-supervised by Dr. Johannes Vierock (Charité Berlin).

The project aims at developing and characterizing novel optogenetic tools for manipulating intracellular signaling cascades in neurons. The project provides a highly interdisciplinary approach to biophysics, cell-biology and neurobiology, and will allow interaction with both biophysics researchers and neuroscientists.

Funding will be provided via the DFG-funded CRC 1315 “Memory Consolidation” that brings together outstanding researchers from several Berlin institutions, including Charité, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin. The hiring is subject to the availability of funds via the CRC1315.

Your tasks

Experimental work including molecular biology, cell culture of cell lines and primary neuronal cells, live-cell imaging, and whole cell patch-clamp electrophysiology. Active participation in local, national, and international conferences is expected, as well as the preparation of manuscripts for publication in international scientific journals.


Master in Neuroscience (or similar). We are looking for an open-minded, enthusiastic, and highly-talented junior researcher with good social skills, and a strong interest in basic biological research, especially cell biology, biophysics, or molecular neuroscience. We expect strong analytical skills, ability for independent and critical thinking, organizational talent. Proficient communication and writing skills in English are required, and experience in molecular biology or electrophysiology is advantageous.

We offer

Employment, payment, and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutions. The PhD candidate can be registered as a PhD student in the Charité Berlin, Freie University Berlin, or the Humboldt University Berlin.

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Contact details

Dr. Benjamin Rost

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline

June 30th, 2022

You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. The DZNE is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. We would like to point out that as an employee (m/f/x) of the DZNE Berlin you are subject to facility-related compulsory vaccination against the COVID-19 virus (according to § 20a of the Infection Protection Act).