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 student (f/m/x)

Code: 2078/2021/5

Join the research group of Prof. Herms (

Your tasks

The research group Translational Brain Research (Prof. J. Herms/Dr. Th. Koeglsperger) is looking for a PhD student with a strong interest in the field of molecular neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease (PD). This PhD project will be focusing on investigating molecular and cellular changes occurring early during the progression of Lewy body pathology (LBP) in PD. The study aims at discovering novel molecular diagnostic and therapeutic targets during LBP progression by analyzing disease-associated transcriptomic changes in post-mortem tissue and in different in vitro and in vivo models of PD.


Candidate’s with a master’s degree in neuroscience (e.g. biology, molecular medicine or related subjects) are encouraged to apply. We are looking for highly motivated applicants with good communication and team-working skills, fluent in English and eager to work in an international environment. Methodically, the project will combine electrophysiological and biochemical/cell biological methods to investigate novel molecular targets in PD pathology. Prior experience in neuroscience/electrophysiology and in investigating neurodegenerative conditions is preferred. 

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
  • A full-time position, initially temporary limited to two years, extension is possible
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes
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Contact details

Prof. Dr. Herms

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline

June 30th, 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.