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

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).

Activities and responsibilities

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 includingin 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).

Qualification profile

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.

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.

We offer

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.

Send application to

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

Institute of Neuropathology
Dept. of Neurosurgery
University Bonn Medical School
Venusberg Campus 1
53127 Bonn
Tel.: 0228-287-19366

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