The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center compasses the full spectrum of fundamental research through population sciences to health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of scientific results into practice, interdisciplinarity and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz Organization of German research centers. With over 1000 employees from 55 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the national and international leading research centers in its research field. 

PhD student (f/m)

Code: 9026/2018/4

Your tasks

  • Routine handling of established cell lines, iPS cells and transdifferentiated neurons
  • Genetic manipulation of cells with CRISPR/Cas9 technology and lentiviral gene transfer methods
  • Molecular biological and (immuno)histological analyses of brain tissue
  • Animal breeding and experiments with mice and rats with focus on neurodegenerative diseases
  • Protein analytics, DNA and RNA analytics
  • The laboratory work is mainly based at the Helmholtz Centre Munich (Dr. Marcus Conrad lab) with regular travel to Rostock for meetings/specialized experiments


  • BSc/MSc in biology, pharmacy, biochemistry, or biotechnology
  • Strong interest in molecular biology and genetics
  • Experience with handling of cell cultures and/or molecular biology techniques is a plus
  • Willingness to work with transgenic mouse models in the field of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Fluent in English
  • Reliability, flexibility

We offer:

  • An interesting and challenging task in a research center that works on the future topics of health research
  • Successful candidates will be awarded the promotion to the degree of doctor rerum humanarum (Dr. rer. hum.) at the medical faculty at the University of Rostock
  • An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research
  • The opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • Targeted personnel development
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes




Contact details

Prof. Dr. Alexander Storch - Tel: +49 381 494 9511

Working hours


Contract length

2 years

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline


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.