PhD student (m/f/d) in Neuroethology / Systems Neuroscience

Einsatzort: Frankfurt am Main


  • Neurosciences

Art der Stelle

PhD student (m/f/d) in Neuroethology / Systems Neuroscience

Stellenangebot vom 24.08.2022

The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (MPI for Brain Research) in Frankfurt/Main is a vibrant research institution in the field of basic biological and medical research, with a focus on understanding the functions of the brain’s circuits. Our institute has approx. 300 employees in three research departments and four research groups, as well as several service units.

A fully funded PhD position is available in the research group “Instinctive Behaviour Circuits”, headed by Dr. Vanessa Stempel.

About the lab

Our goal is to identify canonical neuronal computations and plasticity mechanisms that impart flexibility to instinctive behaviours. To answer these questions, we use a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary approach: we perform in vivo neural activity recordings and manipulation experiments in ethologically-relevant behavioural tasks in mice, and combine these with molecular, cellular and circuit-level analyses in vitro (more details).

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative student with a keen interest in neuroethological approaches to systems neuroscience and strong quantitative skills. You hold an excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Neuroscience or a related field (e.g. biology, physics, computer science, engineering, maths). A basic knowledge of neuroscience is preferable but not required. In exceptional cases, a BSc degree in a relevant field may be sufficient.

The successful candidate will have a track record of academic and research excellence and will be fluent in written and spoken English. Experience with experimental and data analysis techniques relevant to our research program will be a plus. We are especially encouraging students with prior experience in electrophysiological recordings and programming to apply.

What we offer

  •  A permanent position with outstanding employee benefits, a family-friendly culture, flexible working hours and funding according to TVöD regulations
  • A highly interactive work atmosphere within an international and collaborative team
  • Learn advanced experimental and data analysis techniques in neuroscience (such as in in vivo calcium imaging, optogenetic manipulations, and patch-clamp recordings)
  • A state-of-the-art technical infrastructure (including imaging, scientific computing and electronics facilities, as well as a mechanical workshop)
  • Opportunities for further training/continuing education
  • Family service (in house baby and kids room, on-campus child day care centre)

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women and ethnic minorities in those fields where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages them to apply.

The compatibility of work and family is very important to us; we offer the possibility of childcare in the kindergarten Kairos close to our institute. Further information can be found on our homepage.

How to apply

We look forward to receiving your application as one PDF-document including a letter of motivation (one page: including research experiences and future career plans), CV, Master's degree certificate and transcript, Bachelor's degree certificate and transcript.

This call will be open until the position is filled.

For further information, and to submit your application, please contact:
Dr. Vanessa Stempel.