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/d) in Circuit Neuroscience

Code: 1828/2020/7

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 multisensory integration upon 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 https://www.dzne.de/en/research/research-areas/fundamental-research/research-groups/gruendemann/research-areas-focus).


Your tasks

Successful candidates will actively participate in study design, experimental work as well as data generation and analyses. 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.

Requirements

We are looking for two PhD students with a strong interest in circuit 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 positions are available from October 2020 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 positions are filled. For further information and informal enquiries, please contact jan.grundemann@dzne.de.

 

Site

Bonn

Contact details

Prof. Dr. Jan Gründemann

Working hours

full-time

Contract length

3 years

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline

August 15th, 2020

Please apply via: https://jobs.dzne.de/en/jobs/50582/form

 

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.