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) in Neural Circuit Computation / Computational Neuroscience

Code: 1210/2023/5

The research group ‘Neural Circuit Computations’ led by Jan Gründemann aims to understand how ever-changing environmental stimuli are represented and computed in the brain to elucidate key principals of sensory integration upon learning and memory formation. To address this question, we combine state of the art circuit neuroscience tools like opto- and pharmacogenetics with single and two-photon imaging techniques to reveal computational frameworks of sensory integration in deep brain areas and their effects on behaviour and learning in health and disease (see also

Your tasks

Successful candidates will actively participate in experimental work as well as large scale data analysis. They will work on their independent research projects and present their results at local, national, and international conferences and will prepare manuscripts for publication in international scientific journals.


We are looking for a PhD student with a strong interest in circuit and computational neuroscience. Applicants should hold a master’s degree in life, physical or computer sciences. Prior experience with the relevant experimental techniques (e.g. imaging approaches, electrophysiology, stereotaxic surgery, mouse behaviour or computational neuroscience tools) as well as coding skills will be considered a plus but not a prerequisite. Extensive training will be provided. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with excellent organizational and communication skills and very good language proficiency in English.

We offer

The DZNE in Bonn offers an excellent scientific infrastructure with state of the art research facilities. Team members will benefit from an international, collaborative environment alongside other labs focusing on systems neuroscience and neurodegenerative disorders, both within the institute and at neighbouring university departments. PhD students in the lab will receive extensive scientific training and will additionally be provided with opportunities for career development at the DZNE Career Centre. Salary and social benefits will be comparable to other research institutes. The position is available from June 2023 and initially for 3 years.

We are looking forward to your application consisting of a cover letter stating your motivation and research interests, a CV with publication list, as well as two of the usual 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. For further information and informal enquiries, please contact

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Contact details

Dr. Jan Gründemann

Working hours

Contract length

3 years

Payment, social benefits

Application deadline

June 21st, 2023

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