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)

Code: 5027/2020/7

Your tasks

We seek a PhD student to perform the work on transcriptomics, epigenetics and biomarker research in all biomaterial within the DZNE FTLD-cross-cutting initiative.


Your profile

Expertise with:

  • Primary neuronal cell culture (cortical, hippocampal, monoculture of astrocytes) from mice and rats.
  • Transfection of neurons and astrocytes.
  • Live imaging of fluorescently-tagged proteins in neurons.
  • Confocal and three-color STED imaging of synapses and quantitation of neuronal protein localization.
  • Quantitative biochemistry (western blotting).
  • Molecular biology (sub-cloning and PCR).

A strong interest in performing mouse behavior experiments related to learning and memory is also desirable.

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




Contact details

Prof. Dr. Fischer

Working hours


Contract length

2 years

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other reserach institutes

Application deadline

August 31st, 2020

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