PhD-Student Position in Synaptic Neuroscience University Medical Center Göttingen, Institute for Auditory Neuroscience Germany

Job advertisement from August 15th, 2017 vacancy from: November 1st, 2017


Institute for Auditory Neuroscience


The Institute for Auditory Neuroscience of the University Medical Center Göttingen (Germany) offers a
PhD-Student Position in Synaptic Neuroscience


which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, SFB 1286, “Quantitative Synaptology")
limited for 3 years with a possibility for extension, 65 % of a full time position | salary according to TV-L
Synapses undergo striking structural and functional changes during maturation. We want to determine ultrastructural changes in synapse characteristics that arise during the conversion of an immature to a mature synapse. We focus on murine calyceal synapses of the early auditory pathway, which undergo functional changes upon the onset of hearing. We will combine different electron microscopic techniques such as electron tomography, FIB as well as SBF-SEM and high-pressure freezing to investigate the ultrastructural changes underlying the functional changes at these synapses in detail in different age-groups.


Applicants are expected to have completed university studies in a life science discipline (MSc or diploma). Very good English skills are expected. A background in neuroscience, experience in computer based image analysis, imaging techniques such as confocal fluorescence microscopy and/or especially transmission electron microscopy is beneficial. While providing intense training on the relevant techniques we encourage growing independence in performing the work.


The candidats tasks are: Electron microscopy, Electron tomography, High pressure freezing/Freeze substitution, 3D reconstructions, Immuno labeling, Computer based imaging analysis, Volume 3D reconstructions.


Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities and equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.


We look forward to receiving your application by September 15th, 2017


University Medical Center Göttingen
Institute for Auditory Neuroscience
Prof. Dr. Carolin Wichmann
Groupleader/SFB 1286 Principal Investigator
37099 Göttingen
Tel.: 0551/39-61128
Fax: 0551/39-22299



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Travel and application fees cannot be refunded or transferred.

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