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PhD position in Heidelberg/Germany

08 July 2019

PhD position in Heidelberg/Germany

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Project Title and description: Cellular mechanisms of nociception and nociceptive modulation in lateral and medial thalamocortical circuits of mice

We are currently seeking two highly motivated and adventurous Ph.D. students to study neuronal and circuit mechanisms of nociception (pain) in the thalamocortical system. The project combines optogenetics and large-scale electrophysiology in mice and is supported by the second funding period of the Heidelberg Pain Consortium SFB1158 (

Key words for methods that will be used:
electrophysiology, optogenetics, in vivo, behavior, mathematical/computational modeling, patch-clamp, silicon probe

Desired profile of an applicant:
A Diploma/Masters in a biomedical (e.g. neuroscience, biology, medicine) or quantitative discipline (e.g. physics, informatics, mathematics, biomedical-engineering). Previous experience in data analysis or programming using MATLAB/Python/R etc. is strongly preferred. Experience in methods to obtain and interpret neurophysiological data, and /or behavioral assays is highly desirable. Applicants with strong analytical skills and a flair for handling large datasets are particularly encouraged to apply. The working language in the lab is English.

Please send the complete application as a single pdf and should include: A cover letter, two references and/or letters of recommendation, CV, academic transcripts, a personal research statement (1-2 pages) covering specific research interests and career goals.


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Heidelberg University
Institute of Physiology and pathophysiology

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Prof. Dr. Alexander Groh and Dr. Rebecca Mease
Institute of Physiology and pathophysiology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 326, Heidelberg University, 69120 Heidelberg

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