Job offer from June 01, 2017
The Synaptic Nanophysiology Group (Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, invites applications for the study of
“synaptic biophysics” as a
Ph.D. Student (f/m)
(Code Number 23-17)
The successful candidate will conduct experimental research on the molecular anatomy and physiology of synaptic transmission at the endbulb and calyx of Held synapses of the auditory pathway. Using state of the art electrophysiology (pre- and/or postsynaptic patch-clamp, capacitance measurements) and optical methods (uncaging, confocal,
and STED imaging) in combination with genetically manipulated animals, the project targets fundamental questions in synaptic transmission, such as:
- How is the tight coupling of Ca2+-influx and exocytosis at the presynaptic active zone achieved on a molecular level?
- What are the molecular mechanisms mediating efficient replenishment of synaptic vesicles to the presynaptic active zone?
We are looking for excellent and highly motivated applicants with a strong background (Master degree or equivalent) in physics, biology or neuroscience and, ideally, experience in biophysical techniques. Competence in electrophysiology and state of the art light microscopy will be useful. Good computational skills and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary (combining molecular, structural, physiological and theoretical approaches) and international team of researchers are required. Prior knowledge in theoretical neuroscience is welcome.
The project is part of the collaborative research center 1286 “Quantitative Synaptology” and the wider Göttingen Campus, which is a leading neuroscience center in Europe hosting numerous prestigious and internationally renowned neuroscience research institutions. This includes the University, three Max Planck Institutes, the European Neuroscience Institute and the German Primate Center, as well as further collaborative research programs.
The payment and benefits are based on the TVöD/TV-L guidelines.
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 in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.
Please send your application including a cover letter (explaining background and motivation), CV, contact names and addresses of two to four referees familiar with the work of the candidate, as well as a list of the publication record preferably via e-mail as single PDF file with reference to the code number until June, 30th 2017 to
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Synaptic Nanophysiology Group
Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser
Am Fassberg 11