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PhD in Electron Microscopy / Neurobiology / Biochemistry (Michael M. Kessels lab)

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1  PhD  position  in Electron Microscopy / Neurobiology / Biochemistry in an internationally well-known research lab (Michael M. Kessels lab)
(TV-L E13/2 - Project is funded by a DFG/RTG1715 grant to MMK for 3 years - extension possible)
available to study the interactions and subcellular distribution and dynamics of novel cytoskeletal and membrane-modulating effector proteins and protein complexes thereof as well as complexes with signaling lipids during the development and plastic adaptation of the morphologies and function of nerve cells.
Technically the project includes an innovative combination of freeze-fracturing, immunogoldlabeling and electron microscopy, protein biochemical and cell biological examinations.
The Institute for Biochemistry I provides a stimulating research environment with excellent technical equipment in a recently completely reconstructed building right in the center of Jena - one of the top-ranking and most lively biotech and university cities of Germany (ranked 2nd in the career atlas of all German cities – chasing Munich!).
The aim of our internationally well-known research team is to gain a molecular understanding of how the cortical actin cytoskeleton and specialized proteins, which are able to modulate the topology of the plasma membrane, shape cellular compartments and entire cells. Such processes contribute to development, plasticity and function of cells and cellular networks, such as those formed by neurons in the brain.
We are currently studying several molecular players at the membrane/actin interface and are characterizing their role in both cytoskeletal and membrane dynamics.  We have recently established a method that allows for the direct visualization and quantitation of specifically (the) membrane-associated (pool of) proteins in cultured cells and tissue of wild-type and knock-out mice. This approach combines freeze-fracturing of membranes with electron microscopy (see e.g. Schneider et al., 2014 J. Cell Biol.)

In order to expand our analyses towards the role of membrane-associated effector proteins and signaling lipids in plastic adaptations of neurons, such as those occurring during learning and memory processes (LTP and LTD), we are seeking a productive addition to our team.
Applicants should have a solid theoretical and practical knowledge of modern cell and/or neurobiology. Some experience in electron microscopy methods is highly appreciated but not a requirement, as training will be provided.
Candidates need to be distinguished by a high motivation to succeed in science and to work independently. However, it is also crucial to integrate into our team as well as into the Electron Microscopy Center smoothly and to be a kind, efficient and reliable team-player.
Knowledge of the german language is not required because of the internationality of our group and of life in the young and vibrant university town of Jena. Fluent English, however, is a prerequisite.
Starting date: March - June 2015 (flexible)

For further information about us see PubMed (Kessels M), the RTG1715 and:
www.biochemie.uniklinikum-jena.de/biochemie/en/Biochemistry+I.html     http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kessels+Qualmann          https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Kessels

Jena is ranked second in the German career atlas (chasing Munich)!
"That Jena scores so well is the result of a successful combination of research, education and economics."
"University: 25% of all inhabitants are students. Jena is a very young and lively city. The job market is hot."
"Jena is well-known as internationally leading place for optics. Companies, such as Carl Zeiss, Jena Analytik, Jena Bioscience, Alere Technologies, Jenoptik and Schott set global standards."

Contact detail

How to apply:
Via E-Mail (PDFs preferred): michael.kessels@med.uni-jena.de
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Please send your application (CV incl. 2-3 ref. addresses, certificates, list of publications and/or honors, certificates and transcripts of Bachelor and Master) to
PD Dr. Michael M. Kessels / Prof. Dr. Britta Qualmann
Institute of Biochemistry I, Jena University Hospital - Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Nonnenplan 2-4, D-07743 Jena, Germany 
Via E-Mail (PDFs preferred): michael.kessels@med.uni-jena.de
The FSU Jena is an equal opportunity employer promoting the advance of women in science.

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Thüringen)
Working place
07743 Jena
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences