Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Vienna/Austria

11 September 2019

Ph.D. Student in Vienna/Austria

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A PhD position funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is available to study molecular and cellular events involved in the formation of the neuromuscular synapse.

Nerves innervate muscles in vertebrates in a complex process that translates chemical cues into physical activity. Motor neurons and skeletal muscle cells are the responsible cell types of this process, forming a specialized type of synapse called the neuromuscular synapse. The impairment of the neuromuscular synapse is related to a wide range of disorders such as congenital myasthenic syndromes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. Therefore, developing in vitro assays that closely recapitulate the physiology of the neuromuscular synapse is crucial to understand the different underlying disease mechanisms. The aim of this study is to develop in vitro models of the neuromuscular synapse to characterize molecular and developmental processes during healthy and diseased conditions.
The successful candidate will be part of the doctoral programme "Medical Neuroscience" and embedded in the highly multidisciplinary and collaborative environments at the Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology.
Applicants should hold a master's degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline and have documented experience in molecular biology and mammalian cell culture methods. We are looking for enthusiastic scientists with proficient communication skills, who are good team players. Previous experience with cloning, transfection, immunoblot assays, immunocytochemistry and/or microscopy techniques are advantageous.
Please send applications (including CV, a letter describing your scientific interests and contact information of at least two referees) to the address below. Informal enquiries are welcome.

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Medical University of Vienna
Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology & Immunology

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Ruth Herbst
Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090 Vienna

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