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-Doc Position (f/m/d): “Neuroscientist, Optical Physicist, Bioengineer”

Code: 1932/2021/3

Project description: The Neuroimmunology and Imaging group is interested in understanding the relationship of microglia and neurons on the subcellular level of dendritic spines (ERC-CoG MicroSynCom) during learning and memory processes in the hippocampus. We use cutting edge two-photon STED (stimulated emission depletion) in vivo imaging in the hippocampus to analyze microglia synapse interactions (Pfeiffer&Poll et al. 2018, eLIFE). The imaging experiments are combined with optogenetic, chemogenetic, histological and behavior experiments.  

Your tasks

Successful candidates should hold a PhD in biology (neuroscience), biophysics, physics (optics), bioengineering, biochemistry or related disciplines. As a prerequisite the candidate should have experience with in vivo 2P-imaging and super resolution microscopy based on STED. Programming skills and integration of optomechanics into microscopes will be beneficial, as well as a FELASA B course or equivalent. 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.


  • 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 1st of May 2021 initially for three years, interviewing will begin immediately until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should send a single PDF-file containing their applications including a CV (Germans include copies of Abitur- & Bachelor/Master certificate), a letter stating research interests with a one page project idea and two references.

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Contact details

Prof. Dr. Martin Fuhrmann

Working hours


Contract length

2 years

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline


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.