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.

Post-doctoral Position (f/m/d) in “Optical Physics, Bioengineering, Biology, Biophotonics, Intravital imaging” field

Code: 1846/2020/8

within the Neuroimmunology and Imaging Group led by Prof. Martin Fuhrmann.

Your tasks

The Neuroimmunology and Imaging group is interested in understanding the relationship of microglia and neurons at the subcellular level of dendritic spines (ERC-CoG MicroSynCom) during learning and memory processes in the hippocampus. We use cutting edge two-photon/three-photon and two-photon STED (stimulated emission depletion) for high resolution in vivo imaging in the hippocampus to analyze microglia synapse interactions (Pfeiffer&Poll et al. 2018, eLIFE). The imaging experiments are integrated with optogenetics, chemogenetics, histological and behavior experiments.  


Successful candidates should hold a PhD in physics (optics), bioengineering, biology, biochemistry, biophysics or related disciplines. As a prerequisite the candidate should have experience with super resolution microscopy based on STED and/or multiphoton excitation. Programming skills, automation, and integration of optoelectronic/optomechanical devices into microscopes will be beneficial. Ideally the candidate should have experience with animal experiments and intravital imaging. Creative, highly motivated applicants who are willing to develop new imaging techniques and enjoy working independently as a member of a great team in a stimulating scientific environment are encouraged to apply.

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 determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD Bund).

The position is available from September 2020 initially for three years with the possibility of further extention. Interviewing will begin immediately until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should apply with a CV (Germans should include copies of Abitur- & Bachelor/Master certificate), a cover letter stating research interests with a one page project idea and two references.




Contact details

Prof. Dr. Martin Fuhrmann

Working hours


Contract length

3 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline

September 5th, 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 especially welcomes and encourages disabled individuals to apply.