Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Mainz/Germany

25 August 2020

Ph.D. Student in Mainz/Germany

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In our group we are interested in the molecular mechanisms of neuronal communication. Currently, we focus on the dynamic organisation of ion channels and adhesion molecules within the synaptic membrane by combining electrophysiological and imaging approaches. These molecules are key components of synaptic contacts and critical for the formation, maintenance and plasticity of synapses. In order to explore the molecular organisation underlying processes like learning and memory formation we combine electrophysiology with super-resolution microscopy to observe molecular dynamics within functional synapses at different activity levels.
We offer a PhD position, which is funded by the DFG (65 % German TV-L scale 13). The project will focus on the activity driven interaction between presynaptic cytomatrix and the organisation of voltage-gated calcium channels (Davydova et al. 2014, Neuron; Schneider et al. 2015, Neuron; Heck 2019, Neuron). Our aim is to explore, how dynamic molecular interactions participate on neuronal information transfer and memory formation.
Qualifications and Experience
We seek a highly motivated person with a passion for neuroscience who hold a Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, or molecular biology. Some prior experience in one or more methods of molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, electrophysiology, optogenetics, or imaging techniques such as live cell imaging or localisation microscopy are desirable. Excellent oral and written English communication skills and the ability to efficiently integrate in an interdisciplinary and multinational research team are expected.

Your Contact Person: Prof. Martin Heine,
Please submit your application including a brief statement of research interests, Curriculum Vitae, publication record, transcripts and degree certificates together with the contact details of two referees compiled into a single PDF file (< 5 MB) to Ellen Lugert (

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three years
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Institute for Developmental Biology and Neurobiology

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Martin Heine
Biozentrum 1
Hanns-Dieter Hüsch Weg 15
55128 Mainz
+49 61313926689

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