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PhD student position in Neuroscience


Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Job Location

Institut für Biochemie
Fahrstraße 17
91054 Erlangen

Job Description

A PhD position is available in the laboratory of Prof. Chichung Lie at the Institute of Biochemistry FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Our laboratory studies the regulatory mechanisms controlling the generation of neurons in health and disease using transgenic mouse models and human stem cell-based model systems. For this project we are seeking a highly motivated student who is interested to investigate the molecular pathomechanisms in Sox11-linked Coffin-Siris-Syndrome – a complex neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by intellectual disability and autistic behavior. In this highly collaborative project with the laboratories of Profs. Karow and Winner, we use Crispr/Cas9 modified human pluripotent stem cells to model the impact of Sox11 mutations on the generation and function of distinct neuronal subtypes. State-of-the-art techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry and neurophysiology, including RNA-sequencing and multielectrode array recordings will be used.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and knowledge-driven student with a Diploma/Master degree in Molecular Medicine, Biology or related fields. Candidates should have a strong background in Neurobiology or Developmental Biology.

The doctoral researcher will be part of the ForInter Research Consortium (Bavarian Research Association Interaction of Human Brain Cells) and there is the possibility for association with the DFG-Research Training Group 2162 (Neurodevelopment and CNS Vulnerability), which provides a structured curriculum and a wide range of scientific and soft-skill training opportunities.

How to Apply

A) Please submit as a single pdf file:
(1) Letter of motivation
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) Transcript of Records
(4) Summary of Research Experience and Master Project
(5) List of publications


B) Two letters of reference:

to be sent directly by the referees to:
[email protected]; Subject: ForInter-PhDstudent/YOUR NAME

Please submit applications via email: [email protected]
Application closing date is May 15th 2021.

Start date: Spring/Summer 2021.

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