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Ph. D. Student (f/m)

The Max Planck Research Group “Sleep and Waking” (PD Dr. Henrik Bringmann) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is looking for a

Ph. D. Student (f/m)
“control and functions of sleep”
(Code Number 13-16)

Sleep is essential for the life of all animals and we feel bad if we don't get enough sleep. Because of its importance, sleep is tightly controlled. Our group is working on the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms underlying sleep using the model systems C. elegans and mice. The nematode is a great model system for molecular neurobiology due to its fast generation time, amenability to genetics, small and invariant nervous system, and transparency allowing functional imaging and optogenetics. Despite its simplicity, molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms of sleep control are conserved in this system. Mouse models are important for understanding additional layers of complexity and for modeling sleep disorders. Both mammals and C. elegans use conserved sleep-active sleep-promoting neurons to control sleep. The lab has just been awarded an ERC grant to study the mechanisms of sleep control by sleep neurons. The group is looking for a Ph. D. student to work on the mechanisms by which sleep neurons control sleep and the mechanisms of how sleep becomes restorative. Projects are possible for projects in both control and functions of sleep. Candidates can chose to work with either C. elegans or mouse models, or work with both. Methods and approaches used will be molecular genetics, functional imaging, electrophysiology, and optogenetics.

Candidates should hold a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in life science and a strong interest and motivation to solve sleep.

The successful applicant will receive a salary according to the funding guidelines for young researchers of the Max Planck Society (50% TVoeD 13).

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.

Applications should include a CV, a list of publications (if applicable) and contact names and addresses of one to three references familiar with the work of the candidate. Please submit all materials preferably in electronic form (as one single PDF file) via e-mail with reference to the code number 13-16 until July, 31st 2016 to

ausschreibung13-16@mpibpc.mpg.de

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Research Group "Sleep and Waking"
PD Dr. Henrik Bringmann
Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen
Germany

Website: http://www.mpibpc.mpg.de/bringmann

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How to apply:
Applications should include a CV, a list of publications (if applicable) and contact names and addresses of one to three references familiar with the work of the candidate. Please submit all materials preferably in electronic form (as one single PDF file) via e-mail with reference to the code number 13-16 until July, 31st 2016.
Send application to
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Research Group "Sleep and Waking"
PD Dr. Henrik Bringmann
Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen
Germany

E-Mail: ausschreibung13-16@mpibpc.mpg.de
Website: http://www.mpibpc.mpg.de/bringmann

 

Job profile


Working hours
Full-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Region
Germany (Niedersachsen)
Working place
37077 Göttingen
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics
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