Job ID: 63273

The role of the transforming growth factor β (TGF β) family member activin during the highly susceptible time of puberty

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 10 December 2021

Employment Start Date: 1 July 2022

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Erlangen

Country: Germany

Institution: Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Department: Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology

Description:

The Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology is looking for a highly motivated PhD student with a strong background in neurophysiology and/or behavioral testing of rodents. The doctoral student will work on the role of the transforming growth factor β (TGF β) family member activin during the highly susceptible time of puberty when CNS networks undergo substantial modifications and refinements. We hypothesize that activin signaling makes a substantial contribution to steer the brain through this critical time period in an adaptive and healthy fashion. The doctoral student will tackle this issue using a combination of systemic approaches to manipulate activin receptor signaling, of behavioral testing and of brain slice neurophysiology.

The doctoral student will be integrated into the DFG-funded Research Training Group 2162 (GRK2162) “Neurodevelopment and CNS Vulnerability”. The GRK2162 offers:

  • a 3-year structured PhD program with interdisciplinary thesis research,
  • a vibrant, collaborative scientific environment,
  • supervision and mentorship by a team of internationally renowned experts,
  • State-of-the-art research facilities and
  • advanced training opportunities (scientific, skills, career) in English.

How to apply:

Please submit applications via email as a single file to grk2162@fau.de

(1) Letter of motivation

(2) Curriculum vitae

(3) Transcript of Records

(4) Summary of Research Experience and Master Project

(5) List of publications

(6) Two letters of reference

 

For further information on the scientific project please contact:

Prof. Dr. Christian Alzheimer

Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology

Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

E-Mail: christian.alzheimer@fau.de