Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Lübeck/Germany

04 September 2019

Ph.D. Student in Lübeck/Germany

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The researchers in the DFG-funded Graduiertenkolleg 1957 in Lübeck study the effects of adipose tissue hormones on CNS function and in turn, the control of adipose tissue physiology by the brain. We are looking for highly motivated candidates for the following project.
Tentative start: May 2020. Earlier start date could be discussed with the PIs in the interview.

PhD Position in Interplay between white and brown fat tissue and brain structure and function

Project Description:
White (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT) serve distinct functions in mammals including humans. Previous studies have shown that body weight is related to brain structure and function. Using multimodal neuroimaging of the brain including resting state fMRI, whole body MRI to examine the extent and distribution of white and brown Extent and distribution of WAT and BAT is related to distinct variations in brain structure and function in particular in reward-related and homeostatic brain areas. Using state of the art analyses including machine learning techniques based on these data sets we will try to disentangle the role of WAT/BAT for brain structure and function.

Experimental Methods:
Whole body structural MRI
Structural MRI of the brain (DTI, VBM, Cortical Thickness)
Resting State fMRI
Machine Learning, Support Vector Machines
Metabolic profiling


Research-based master's degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) passed with an excellent grade in biology, biochemistry, molecular life science, neuroscience, nutrition & biomedicine, pharmacology or a related subject

Excellent English language skills in speaking and writing

Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary team

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Closing date:
Employment start date:
Contract length:
3 years
University of Lübeck, GRK1957 "Adipocyte-Brain Crosstalk"
Institute of Neurobiology

Contact Information

Julia Steinhardt
Ratzeburger Allee 160

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