Job ID: 119602

PhD position in molecular neuroscience

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 31 July 2024

Employment Start Date: 1 July 2024

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Erlangen

Country: Germany

Institution: Universitätsklinikum Erlangen



One doctoral position (E13 65 %) is available in the Molecular Psychiatry Group, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital in Erlangen.

The research of the group focuses on the neuronal synapse. We want to understand how synapses work, how they change during learning and what goes wrong with synaptic function in brain diseases. This project will investigate how the metabolic communication between neurons and glia affects synaptic function. It will build up on our work published in (Ivanova et al., 2015 and Ivanova et al., 2020).

The project will use transgenic animals and in vitro cultured rodent and human neuronal cells, manipulate them using genetic and molecular tools, and study them using biochemical and molecular approaches, live cell imaging and electrophysiology.

We offer an exciting research project, a stimulating international working environment and a friendly atmosphere in a well-funded and equipped laboratory integrated into a vibrant multidisciplinary academic location in Erlangen.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, ambitious and enthusiastic young neuroscientist or biologist with a solid background in cellular or molecular neuroscience. A strong interest in state-of-the-art live cell imaging and a willingness to actively contribute to the development of his/her research is a prerequisite. The pre-doctoral researcher will be enrolled in the local graduate school providing a wide range of scientific and soft skill training. The acquisition of FELASA certification is mandatory at the beginning of the PhD.

The project will start in September 2024 or by negotiation.

Please submit your application with CV, statement of research interests and 2-3 references by e-mail to