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Ph.D. Student in Lübeck/Germany

12 September 2019

Ph.D. Student in Lübeck/Germany

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The Graduiertenkolleg 1957 “Adipocyte-Brain Crosstalk” was established on the Lübeck campus in 2014 with the funding from the German Research Foundation. It aims at providing structured doctoral training at the interface of neuroscience, biology and translational medicine. At GRK1957 we 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 PhD projects (supervisors in brackets).
Tentative start: May 2020. Earlier start date from January 2020 could be discussed with the PIs in the interview.

1. Central regulation of CO2-induced metabolic changes of adipose tissue and its alterations in endothelial dysfunction (Jan Wenzel/Markus Schwaninger)
2. Role of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1α in metabolic changes in the hypothalamus of obese mice (Olaf Jöhren)
3. TRH neurons in the energy homoeostasis and regulation of brown adipose tissue (Helge Müller-Fielitz/Markus Schwaninger)
4. Parkinson`s Disease as a model for mechanisms of body weight regulation (Norbert Brüggemann/Britta Wilms)
5. Effects of thyroid hormone on adipocyte-brain crosstalk (Jens Mittag/Alexander Iwen)
6. Effects of subchronic activation of brown adipose tissue in humans (Sebastian Schmid/Britta Wilms)
7. Interplay between white and brown fat tissue and brain structure and function (Thomas Münte/Marcus Heldmann/Swantje Brede)
8. Dynamic epigenetic regulation of leptin gene expression during positive and negative energy balance (Henriette Kirchner)
9. Interaction of the circadian clock and the reward system in metabolic regulation (Henrik Oster)
10. The role of the SCN clock in the regulation of leptin signaling in the brain (Henrik Oster)
11. Impact of the ACE2/Ang(1-7)/Mas axis and the angiotensin A/alamandine/ MrgD axis on weight regulation (Walter Raasch/Michael Bader)

Our Offer

· 3-year employment contract, salaries according to German civil service tariff TV-L 13, 65%

· All research groups are located at the Center of Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM) with state-of-the-art lab facilities incl. MRT scanner, metabolic core unit, LC-MS, microscopy

· Comprehensive academic support, e.g. project-specific courses, soft skills training, funding for research stays abroad, individual career coaching

· Relaxed life style in city of Lübeck among many UNESCO World Heritage sites and directly on the Baltic Sea coastline and part of the Metropolitan area of Hamburg, Germany's second largest city and home to a wide range of cultural and leisure attractions


· Research-based master's degree or equivalent (e.g. diploma) passed with an excellent grade in neuroscience, biology, biochemistry, molecular life science, 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:
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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