Job ID: 117770

Early career researcher (pre-PhD)

Position: Early career researcher (pre-PhD)

Deadline: 13 March 2024

Employment Start Date: 26 May 2024

Contract Length: 15 months

City: Wuerzburg

Country: Germany

Institution: University Hospital Wuerzburg

Department: Institute of Clinical Neurobiology


Cerebellum and Emotional Networks (CEN)- A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network

1: Main job purpose

CEN is delighted to announce a 15-month full-time position for a talented and enthusiastic early career researcher (pre-PhD) at The Defense Circuits Lab ( (Würzburg. Germany)

The project investigates neural circuits and computations that mediate cerebellar signals during emotional states in mouse models. Candidates with a neurobiological background and a strong interest in systems neuroscience approaches and how complex states are controlled by neural circuits are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be offered a 15-month salary including mobility allowance and family allowance (if applicable) in line with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 requirements for Early Stage Researchers.


Structure of the programme

The candidate will join an outstanding team of researchers with projects spanning cellular, circuit, computational and neuroimaging approaches to study cerebellar contributions to emotional behaviours in health and disease, training a new generation of scientists with expert knowledge in both basic and clinical research.  In addition to using cutting-edge techniques enabling discovery science, you will benefit from close network interactions across the consortium, including joint meetings and laboratory internships. You will also get first-hand experience of private biotech companies, NGOs, rehabilitation clinics and national and international patient self-help groups to broaden your horizons and provide you with an unrivalled opportunity to link academic research with commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

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Standard responsibilities

  • Run and analyse experiments to investigate neural circuits and computations that mediate cerebellar signals during emotional states in mouse models.
  • Keep accurate records of experiments, including procedures on research animals.
  • Regular reporting of research data.
  • Preparing study reports and presenting key findings to internal and external researchers and

presenting their work at national/international conferences, in the form of talks or poster presentations.

  • Participate in training and development activities.
  • Work efficiently within an international and multidisciplinary team.

Additional responsibilities

  • Conduct short-term (1-2 months) research abroad.
  • Interact remotely, and in-person when possible, with other colleagues within CEN.
  • Participation in outreach activities including, but not limited to, YouTube videos, social media updates, participation in public events and campaigns, as well as dissemination to popular press.
  • The recruited researcher must be working exclusively for the project.

2: Eligibility Criteria

Innovative Training Networks (ITN)are limited to researchers (Early Stage Researchers; ESRs) who, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, are:

  1. in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  2. Must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and procedures for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not counted.

3: Person Specification

3.1 Relevant Qualifications


Relevant biological or biomedical science-related discipline or equivalent professional experience.


3.2 Relevant Experience, Skills and Knowledge


  • Proven experience with the state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques in rodents (in vivo calcium imaging, electrophysiology or optogenetics).
  • Knowledge of research in neurobiology and a strong interest in systems neuroscience approaches.
  • Experience in managing animals undergoing regulated procedures.
  • Surgical procedures and behavioural assays in rodents.
  • Planning and organisational skills.


  • Good data analysis skills
  • Programming skills (Matlab or Python).


3.3 Communication and Interpersonal Skills


  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly.
  • Willingness to work independently and co-operatively in a team
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.


  • German language skills.
  • Able to interact with MSc and undergraduate research project students and help with their day-to-day lab supervision.
  • Ability to prepare first-draft scientific manuscripts.


3.4 Additional criteria


  • Proactive approach to research and to problem-solving
  • Able to use initiative.
  • Strong motivation to develop and learn new techniques.
  • Ability to keep good records of experimental data.
  • Good IT/computer skills


  • Interest in laboratory animal welfare.
  • Ambition to progress in a scientific career.


About CEN

CEN is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network of 8 leading universities from UK, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden and 9 industry/charity partners, funded by the European Research Council. CEN will address the contribution of the cerebellum in the control of emotions, and in particular fear and anxiety. CEN offers the unique opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in an outstanding interdisciplinary and international training and research environment, that will develop your skills and confidence to pursue a successful future career in academia, industry, hospitals, charities or NGOs.