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PhD Positions at IMPRS for Molecular Life Sciences - Focus on Circuit Neuroscience: From Synapses to Behavior

The IMPRS for Molecular Life Sciences: From Biological Structures to Neural Circuits (IMPRS-LS) is a PhD program that brings together two renowned Munich based Max Planck Institutes as well as two leading partner-universities, the LMU and TUM, to deliver first class training for the world‘s most promising young scientists.

Situated in an outstanding research environment, the school’s research activities center around three distinct but well connected research branches: Our students and their supervisors strive to uncover molecular mechanisms regulating biological processes, analyze the resulting complex biological systems and decipher the intricate network of neural circuits leading to corresponding behavioral responses.

The following group leaders with a research focus in circuit neuroscience currently have open positions:
  • Herwig Baier, MPI of Neurobiology
  • Tobias Bonhoeffer, MPI of Neurobiology
  • Nadine Gogolla, MPI of Neurobiology
  • Magdalena Götz, Ludwig Maximilans University Munich
  • Ilona Grunwald, Technical University Munich
  • Rüdiger Klein, MPI of Neurobiology

Our truly international students enjoy dedicated training workshops, world class research facilities and supervision from faculty members who are leaders in their respective fields. Combined with a focus on early independence in research, our PhD program ensures those aiming for a successful career in science have the very best starting platform.

The cosmopolitan city of Munich is at the forefront of scientific research in Germany and, situated in the heart of Bavaria, uniquely combines tradition with the modern age.

Applicants should hold an MSc with a strong background in biological sciences, neurosciences, biochemistry, biophysics, biotechnology or a related discipline.
Candidates with a first class BSc degree are welcome to apply for the fast track option.

For more information and online application please visit our website: www.imprs-ls.de

Successful candidates will be supported with a generous PhD contract (TVöD 13, 65%)

Closing date for application is November 18, 2016; selection will be completed by March 2017. Accepted candidates may start research projects as early as April 2017 and no later than October 2017.

Talented, creative and enthusiastic doctoral students with a strong passion for basic science are invited to apply!

We offer YOU:
  • Excellent career opportunities in a competitive research environment
  • A structured PhD program organized by Munich-based Max Planck Institutes and Universities
  • State-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research projects
  • Individual supervision from research scientists who are leaders in their respective fields
  • An English speaking PhD program in an international setting
  • Competitive funding provided for international and German students

Selected Publications:

Filosa A, Barker AJ, Dal Maschio M, and Baier H. (2016).
Feeding State Modulates Behavioral Choice and Processing of Prey Stimuli in the Zebrafish Tectum.
Neuron 90, 596-608.

Falkner S, Grade S, Dimou L, Conzelmann KK, Bonhoeffer T, Götz M, Hübener M.
Transplanted embryonic neurons integrate into adult neocortical circuits.
Nature. 2016 Oct 26.

Rose, T., Jaepel, J., Hubener, M., and Bonhoeffer, T. (2016).
Cell-specific restoration of stimulus preference after monocular deprivation in the visual cortex.
Science 352, 1319-1322.

Gogolla, N., Takesian, A.E., Feng, G., Fagiolini, M., and Hensch, T.K. (2014).
Sensory integration in mouse insular cortex reflects GABA circuit maturation.
Neuron 83, 894-905.

Lewis, L.P., Siju, K.P., Aso, Y., Friedrich, A.B., Bulteel, A.J., Rubin, G.M., and Grunwald Kadow, I.C. (2015).
A Higher Brain Circuit for Immediate Integration of Conflicting Sensory Information in Drosophila.
Curr Biol 25, 2203-2214.

Barbosa JS, Sanchez-Gonzalez R, Di Giaimo R, Baumgart EV, Theis FJ, Götz M, and Ninkovic J. (2015).
Neurodevelopment. Live imaging of adult neural stem cell behavior in the intact and injured zebrafish brain.
Science 348, 789-793.

Seiradake, E., Del Toro, D., Nagel, D., Cop, F., Hartl, R., Ruff, T., Seyit-Bremer, G., Harlos, K., Border, E.C., Acker-Palmer, A., Jones, E.Y., and Klein, R. (2014).
FLRT Structure: Balancing Repulsion and Cell Adhesion in Cortical and Vascular Development.
Neuron 84, 370-385.
How to apply:
Please submit your application through our online application poprtal at www.imprs-ls.de
Kontakt für Bewerbungen
For queries please contact:

Dr. Hans-Joerg Schaeffer
MPI of Biochemistry & IMPRS-LS
Am Klopferspitz 18
82152 Munich-Martinsried
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