PhD student (f/m)
Site: Bonn

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) investigates the causes of diseases of the nervous system and develops strategies for prevention, treatment and care. It is an institution within the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres with nine sites across Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen and Witten). The DZNE cooperates closely with universities, their clinics and other research facilities.

The DZNE in Bonn offers a position as

PhD student (f/m)  - Code 1495/2017/9

within Dr. Dan Ehninger’s  research group.


Your tasks:

Our group is interested in molecular and cellular mechanisms that contribute to neuropsychiatric and aging-associated disorders. To this end, we employ mouse models and multidisciplinary experimental approaches that combine behavioral neuroscience tools with genomics and epigenomics, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, as well as neurophysiology. The group is also interested in translating findings from preclinical models to human populations. Selected references: Nat Med 2008, 14:843-8; Neuron 2008, 60:950-60; Mol Psychiatry 2012, 17:62-70; Neuron 2013, 77:647-54; J Clin Invest 2013, 123:3272-91; Nat Neurosci 2014, 17:1736-43; Mol Psychiatry 2017, doi: 10.1038/mp.2017.53; Nat Commun 2017, 8:155. For further information, please contact Dr. Dan Ehninger (

Your profile:

We look for highly motivated and initiative individuals with a recent degree or equivalent qualification. Individuals with backgrounds in neuroscience/related areas of biology (e.g., neurobiology, molecular biology, genetics, behavioral neuroscience, neurophysiology or in vivo imaging), epigenomics or bioinformatics are particularly encouraged to apply. Fluency in English, good communication skills and capacity for teamwork are necessary.

We offer:

  • An exciting and fully funded research project
  • Committed mentorship
  • An excellent scientific environment in a major center for translational neuroscience research
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • Targeted personnel development
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes

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

Are you interested? Apply now!