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.

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d) in Circuit Neuroscience

Code: 1806/2020/5

Join the newly-established "Functional Diversity of Neural Circuits" group led by Sabine Krabbe. We combine cutting-edge circuit neuroscience tools such as in vivo deep-brain calcium imaging in behaving mice with opto- and pharmacogenetics, anatomical tracings as well as molecular and histological techniques to understand how the brain integrates internal states with environmental stimuli to flexibly control behavioural output. We are further investigating how dysfunction of the same neural circuits contributes to psychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative disorders (see also

Your tasks

Successful candidates will actively participate in study design, experimental work, data analyses and interpretation of results. They are expected to prepare manuscripts for publication in international scientific journals and will present their results at local, national, and international conferences. Postdocs will be working independently on their own project interacting closely with the PI, but also collaborate with other lab members.


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher enthusiastic about systems neuroscience research. Applicants should hold a PhD in life sciences/neurobiology or related fields (or be in the final stages of submitting their PhD). The ideal candidate will have a strong background in neural circuit research and prior experience with imaging and/or electrophysiology techniques. Good data analysis and organizational skills are essential. Any expertise in stereotaxic surgery, mouse behaviour or modern molecular biology approaches will be considered a plus. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent 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. Postdocs and 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 determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD Bund). The position is available from October 2020 and initially for 2 years (renewable).

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 conferencing, followed by a possible on-site visit to Bonn at a later time. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. For further information and informal enquiries (not applications), please contact Sabine Krabbe (





Contact details

Dr. Sabine Krabbe

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline

November 30th, 2020

You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at the DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It especially welcomes and encourages disabled individuals to apply.