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.

PhD Position (f/m/d): “Neuroscientist”

Code: 1936/2021/3

Within the Neuroimmunology and Imaging Group.


Your tasks

Project description: The Neuroimmunology and Imaging group is interested in understanding the role of long-range projections between brain regions relevant for learning and memory. In this DFG-funded SFB project, we aim to understand the connectivity of neuronal ensembles between the horizontal diagonal band and the olfactory bulb. To investigate this connection, we apply cutting edge in vivo imaging in awake mice and correlate behavior with neuronal activity. We apply chemo- and otpogenetics to manipulate specific neuronal subsets relevant for certain learning behavior (Poll et al. 2020, Nat.Neurosc.). This enables us to causally link neuronal ensemble activity with olfaction-dependent behavior.  


Successful candidates should hold a Master degree in biology (neuroscience), biophysics, physics (optics), bioengineering, biochemistry or related disciplines. As a prerequisite the candidate should have experience with confocal microscopy (or 2P-imaging), stereotactic AAV-injection, quantitative histology, bioinformatic image data analysis, or behavior experiments. Programming skills as well as a FELASA B course or equivalent will be beneficial. Creative, highly motivated applicants who are eager to understand how the brain works 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 1st of July 2021 for four years, interviewing will begin immediately until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should submit their applications including a CV (including copies of Abitur- & Bachelor/Master certificate), a letter stating research interests.




Contact details

Prof. Dr. Martin Fuhrmann

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research insititutes

Application deadline

May 15th, 2021

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