Job ID: 61488

Two PhD student positions in cellular neurobiology and synaptic plasticity

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 30 November 2021

Employment Start Date: 1 March 2022

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Stuttgart

Country: Germany

Institution: University of Stuttgart, Germany

Department: Cell Biology and Neurobiology


Two PhD positions (f/m/d) are available at the University of Stuttgart in the laboratories of Angelika Hausser (Institute of Cell Biology and Immunology) and Ingrid Ehrlich (Department of Neurobiology) as part of a collaborative project funded by the German Research Foundation.

The potential candidates will study how the Ras effector protein RIN1 orchestrates AMPA receptor trafficking and cytoskeletal remodeling to promote activity-dependent changes in spine strength, morphology and stability during bidirectional synaptic plasticity in primary mouse hippocampal neurons and organotypic brain slices. One position will focus on cell biological aspects and mechanisms (Hausser lab), while the other position will focus on neurophysiological aspects (Ehrlich lab), and both will integrate advanced imaging approaches in cooperation with facilities of the Stuttgart Research Center Systems Biology. The project also involves a collaboration with our international partner, Katalin Schlett (Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest). We offer state-of-the-art equipment and individual training, competitive projects and the opportunity to work in an inspiring collaborative and international environment.

The positions (german pay scale TV-L E13, 65%) are funded for three years.


We invite highly qualified and motivated students with a strong interest in cellular neurobiology and synaptic plasticity, holding a master’s degree or equivalent in Natural or Life Sciences (preferably with a neurobiology/neuroscience focus) to apply. We expect solid theoretical knowledge as well as, depending on the position, ample practical experience in cell biology, confocal imaging or electrophysiology, very good English skills, team spirit and the ability to work independently. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications. Women and members of minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a cover letter, a short CV with details of their previous practical experiences and publications, and the names and addresses of two referees until November 30 by e-mail as a single pdf- file to: and

Please indicate in the cover letter which position you are interested in (Cell Biology or Neurophysiology).

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