Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Jena/Germany

09 July 2020

Ph.D. Student in Jena/Germany

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2 PhD positions in Biochemistry / Cell biology / Neurobiology (3 years + elong. & subseq. postdoc possible) - -
Using a wide range of molecular biological, biochemical and microscopic techniques as well as cell biological assays, we do groundbreaking research on basic processes of life.
In particular, the focus is on aspects required for the correct functioning of neurons. Proper neuronal cell shape development and plasticity are essential prerequisites for neuronal network formation, information processing in the brain and plastic adjustments representing an important basis for learning and memory processes. All of these processes are largely powered by actin cytoskeleton and membrane topology-modulating proteins.
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The PhD projects:
The aim of the projects is to molecularly characterize physiological and pathophysiological forms of high-performance membrane-forming proteins (Schneider et al. 2014 J. Cell Biol .; Seemann et al. 2017 eLIFE; Koch et al. 2020 Cereb. Cortex; Wolf et al. 2019 Nat. Cell Biol.) and to thereby assign mechanistic and cell biological functions in physiology and disease to them. These studies are intended to provide essential new insights into the formation and plasticity of cell morphologies. In addition, research is to be carried out to elucidate how such proteins control the membrane-associated actin cytoskeleton and how their functions are regulated by various signaling pathways (Hou et al. 2015 PLoS Biol .; Izadi et al. 2018 J. Cell Biol .; Hou et al. 2018 Dev. Cell).
The projects thereby provide important insights into basic processes of life, such as neuronal network formation as well as information transfer and storage in the brain. - -
Your profile:
• Master of Science or Diploma (in Biochemistry, Biology or ...)
• Motivation to do scientific research in an ambitious, international team
• Basic knowledge in: Molecular biology, protein biochemistry, cell biology
• Software knowledge (data, imaging, statistics)
• Fluent english

Job Information

Closing date:
Contract length:
3 years (+ elong. & subseq. postdoc possible)
Jena University Hospital at Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Institute for Biochemistry I

Contact Information

Micheal M. Kessels
Please direct your complete application (incl. CV, 2-3 ref. addresses, PubList, certificates & grades) to

Prof. Dr. Britta Qualmann & PD Dr. Michael M. Kessels
Institute of Biochemistry I, Jena University Hospital - Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Nonnenplan 2-4, D-07743 Jena, Germany
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Submit your application via E-Mail (PDF preferred) to:
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Further information:
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The FSU Jena is an equal opportunity employer promoting the advance of women in science.
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