Job ID: 118334

Master thesis in Circuit Neuroscience

Position: MSc student

Deadline: 30 April 2024

Employment Start Date: 1 June 2024

Contract Length: 1 year

City: Vienna

Country: Austria

Institution: Medical University of Vienna, Center for Brain Research

Department: Neuronal Cell Biology


Are you searching for an opportunity to complete your Master thesis abroad? Apply for an Erasmus scholarship and join one of our ongoing research projects to identify functions of neuronal circuits and signaling molecules in the brain. We are seeking highly motivated and reliable Master students who are curious to learn about the neuronal mechanisms of fear memory, anxiety and reinforcement learning. We use cutting-edge techniques to visualize and dissect neuronal processes in the brain of mice in combination with diverse behavioral testing paradigms. As a Master student, you will be supervised by our experienced PhD students to carry out your own experiments within the scope of a big WWTF-funded research project.

Main techniques and tasks:

Immunostainings, mouse brain dissections and slicing, microscope imaging, mouse handling, behavioral tests (reinforcement learning, fear memory, anxiety), data analysis (MATLAB), data presentation


  • Ongoing Master’s degree
  • Application for an ERASMUS scholarship
  • Experience with basic lab techniques such as pipetting, dissecting, slicing, animal handling
  • Good organizational skills, high reliability, attention to details
  • Good ability to write and read in English
  • FELASA certificate is an advantage


Master thesis supervision in an international team, flexible start date (preferably between June and October 2024). Support with your ERASMUS application. Options to extend (internship prior to or ERASMUS traineeship after your MSc thesis). A minimum stay of 6 months is required (12 months are preferred).


We are a highly motivated international research team that uses versatile and cutting-edge techniques to understand the brain from molecular to behavioral level. We welcome scientists from all over the world. More information on our team and projects can be found here:


Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as the position will be closed as it is filled. Please write a letter in which you describe your previous experience and motivation, accompanied by your curriculum vitae, a list of grades, and the names and contact details of 2-3 scientific referees. Please compile everything in one pdf.

Applications and inquiries should be sent to