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 Position (f/m/x): “Neuroscientist”

Code: 1099/2022/7

Your tasks

Project description: The Neuroimmunology and Imaging group is interested in understanding microglia-neuron interaction relevant for higher brain functions such as learning and memory. In the project, we manipulate the cytoskeleton of microglia to understand how specific cytoskeleton proteins in microglia impact microglia function with consequences on neuronal networks contributing to learning and memory. In order to better understand the structural integrity of microglia and the interaction of microglia and neuron on network function, we apply cutting edge in vivo 2-photon imaging of microglia and neurons in the hippocampus of the behaving animal.


Your profile: Successful candidate should hold a Master degree in biology (neuroscience), biophysics, physics (optics), bioengineering, biochemistry or related disciplines. As a prerequisite the candidate should have experience with confocal microscopy (or 2P-imaging), stereotactic AAV-injections, quantitative histology, image data analysis, or behavior experiments with rodents. Programming skills as well as a FELASA B course or equivalent will be beneficial. Creative, highly motivated applicants who are eager to understand how the brain works and enjoy working independently as a member of a highly collaborative team in a stimulating scientific environment are encouraged to apply.

We offer

  • An interesting and challenging task in a research center that works on the future topics of health research
  • 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
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes

The position is available from 1st August 2022 for three years. We will immediately start interviewing until the position is filled. 

Interested candidates should submit their applications including a CV (including copies of Abitur- & Bachelor/Master certificate) and a letter stating research interests via the link below.


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Contact details

Prof. Dr. Martin Fuhrmann

Working hours


Contract length

3 years

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline

August 31st, 2022

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