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: 1916/2021/3

Your tasks

The ‘Functional Diversity of Neural Circuits Lab’ led by Sabine Krabbe is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project investigating how dysfunction of neural circuits contributes to early psychiatric and cognitive symptoms in Parkinson’s disease. The project will combine cutting-edge circuit neuroscience approaches such as in vivo deep-brain calcium imaging in behaving mice with opto- and pharmacogenetics, anatomical tracings as well as molecular and histological techniques. The successful candidate will work independently on their project, but interact closely with the PI and collaborate with other team members. The position is available from June 2021 and initially for 2 years.

More information on the research group can be found here: Link to


  • Enthusiasm for systems neuroscience research
  • PhD in natural/life sciences or related fields (or in the final stages of submitting the thesis)
  • Prior experience with in vivo functional imaging or in vivo electrophysiology techniques required
  • Good data analysis and programming skills essential
  • Expertise in mouse behaviour and stereotaxic surgery will be considered a plus
  • Experience with rodent models of neurodegenerative or psychiatric disorders not required, but of advantage
  • Collaborative mindset, good communication skills and language proficiency in English

We offer

  • Freedom to independently develop a project focussing on early psychiatric and cognitive symptoms in Parkinson’s disease
  • Excellent scientific infrastructure with state-of-the-art research facilities
  • International, collaborative environment with a strong focus on science and research
  • Extensive scientific training and individual mentoring by the PI, as well as additional support for structured career development via the DZNE Career Center
  • Opportunities to engage in teaching and mentoring
  • Employment, salary and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD Bund)

We are looking forward to your application consisting of a short cover letter stating your motivation and research interests, a CV as well as two references. Please submit your application using the ‘Apply here’ link below. For informal enquiries, please contact Sabine Krabbe ( Interviews will first be conducted via video conferencing, followed by a possible on-site visit to Bonn at a second stage. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and considered until the position is filled.





Contact details

Dr. Sabine Krabbe

Working hours


Contract length


Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline

April 10th, 2021

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