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PhD Position in Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Synaptopathies/cerebellar motor dysfunction


Project Description

A PhD Position in Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Synaptopathies/cerebellar motor dysfunction is available at the Institute of Neuropathology, University Bonn Medical School, Germany.

The PhD position in within the frame of a joint DFG-funded research project between the research group “Synaptic plasticity in health and disease” (Prof. Dr. S. Schoch) and the “Synaptic Neurobiology” research group (Prof. Dr. D. Dietrich, Dept. of Neurosurgery).

The focus of the project is the characterization of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying an episodic motor impairment/ataxia/dystonia exhibited by RIM4 knockout mice. This research is based on a wide array of methods including in vitro (primary cell culture) and animal model (knock-out, viral transgenic) approaches, cell biological, molecular, biochemical, histological as well as imaging techniques (time-lapse, two-photon).

The ideal candidate will be an ambitious, highly motivated, team-oriented graduate student with a strong interest in neurobiology. Prior research experience with animal experimentation, microscopy, or electrophysiology techniques is advantageous. Candidates should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Neuroscience, Biological Science, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field. Candidates should also demonstrate aptitude in written and spoken English.


Questions concerning the projects can be addressed to Prof. Dr. S. Schoch () or Prof. Dr. D. Dietrich (). Applications by email only can be sent to .

Funding Notes


Interested candidates should send curriculum vitae, letter of motivation indicating starting date, short description of past lab experience, copies of university degree(s) with academic records, contact information and at least two reference letters (or the referee’s contact info) as a single PDF file.

Salary will be according to the German salary scale TV-L E13 (65%). The University Bonn is a provider of equal opportunity in compliance with the German disability laws. Women and in particular individuals with disability are strongly encouraged to apply. We only consider candidates with whom we have the possibility to conduct a personal interview.

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