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 Researchers (f/m/x) in Drug Development for Parkinson’s disease

Code: 3061/2021/7

Your tasks

Two postdoctoral positions (two years, extendable) are available at the research groups of Prof. Thomas Gasser (Parkinson’s Genetics) and Michela Deleidi (Mitochondria and Inflammation) of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Tubingen. The applicants will join an international team to validate new drugs for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The objective of the project is to evaluate new lead compounds targeting Parkinson’s disease relevant genes. Specifically, the candidates will:

  • Perform compound testing/screenings in advanced in vitro models, ultimately leading to testing of new treatment strategies (patient derived induced pluripotent stem cells, patient primary cells
  • Clarify mechanisms of action and identify and reduce potential adverse effects using state-of-the-art technologies of wet lab methodologies
  • The project is a multidisciplinary collaboration where you will engage and collaborate with academic and industry partners


The ideal candidates will have:

  • Extensive experience in biochemistry, cell biology in the context of neurodegenerative diseases (prior experience with induced pluripotent stem cell culture is preferred)
  • Ability to independently perform experiments, analyze and interpret results
  • Documented ability to write scientific manuscripts (one or more first author papers from Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies will be highly valued)
  • Excellent English interpersonal, communication and writing skills
  • Ability to operate as a team player in a multi-disciplinary environment

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)
  • A full-time appointment of initially 2 years with the possibility of an extension is offered

The position is open immediately and review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found.  You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification at DZNE.


This position provides an excellent opportunity any person interested in drug discovery to jump-start her/his career in translational science. This position can provide many different avenues for advancement.

  • An academic career with a special focus on translational research activities
  • Training towards becoming a Project Manager
  • Leader of an innovative business line
  • Managing a team of Postdoctoral employees
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Contact details

Dr. Michela Deleidi / Prof. Dr. Thomas Gasser

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD-Bund

Application deadline


The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It especially welcomes and encourages disabled individuals to apply.