PhD Student Position in Mainz

A PhD position (3 years, 65% salary according to TV-L) is available at the Institute of Physiology, University Medical Center Mainz, Germany.

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD  student with a scientific interest in cellular and molecular neuroscience. The project and the position is embedded in the framework of the new European ERA-NET project “Persistence of transient neurons in neurodevelopmental disorders” with partners in Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam. This international network assembles a strong, complementary and multidisciplinary team of recognized experts in the field of cortical development and function. It relies on a unique blend of human and mouse studies involving molecular genetics, single-cell transcriptomics, in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology and functional assays. It will lead to the development of new mouse models for cortical malformations and identify new candidate genes for analysis of human pathology and therapeutic intervention. The applicant will employ a combination of electrophysiological, cellular and molecular techniques (multi-electrode recordings, live-cell imaging, AAV-based overexpression of transgenes) to investigate the regulation of Cajal-Retzius neurons in newborn mouse cortex using in vitro and in vivo preparations (primary cells, organotypic slices, acute slices, cleared tissue, anesthetized mice). The candidate will be affiliated with the local Focus Program Translational Neurosciences of the Johannes Gutenberg University, a program that offers a variety of courses and seminars.

About FTN | Focus Program Translational Neurosciences Mainz 

The applicant should be able to work independently as well as in our international, friendly team and be interested in electrophysiological and molecular techniques. Experience in electrophysiology, cell culture, imaging or molecular biology is an advantage, but not required.

Please send applications including a cover letter, a curriculum vita, copies of degree certificate(s), and name/email address of referee(s) to Prof. Heiko J. Luhmann at