Job ID: 103535

Neuronal structural plasticity mechanisms underlying susceptibility and resilience to early life adversity

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 28 February 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 May 2023

Contract Length: 2 years

City: Magdeburg

Country: Germany

Institution: Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology

Department: Cellular Neuroscience


The department Cellular Neuroscience at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg (Germany) offers a position as:

Postdoctoral fellow (f/m/d)

“Neuronal structural plasticity mechanisms underlying susceptibility and resilience to early life adversity”

for a 2-year fixed-term period (in accordance with the availability of funds and individual requirements) in full time with a salary of TV-L E13, with the possibility of extension.The position is available from 1st May 2023, but starting time is  flexible.

The core aim of the project is to establish a link between structural plasticity of synapses and susceptibility / resilience to stress exposure. To this aim, the successful candidate will investigate longitudinally the long-term structural plasticity of dorsal CA1 synapses in live mice by using two-photon intravital microscopy in combination with established models of early life stress and behavioral readouts.

The Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology is an internationally recognized neuroscience research institute dedicated to the research on learning and memory. Our research comprises all organizational levels of the brain – from molecular and cellular processes to complex neuronal networks and behavior. The Institute is part of the German Center for Psychiatric Health (DZPG) and the working language is English. The Institute is a foundation under public law and committed to a comprehensive policy of Equal Opportunities in employment and research.

Centrally located in the heart of Germany Magdeburg is a green, family-friendly city and it is one of the centers of neuroscientific research in Germany. Thus, the successful candidate will benefit from the intensive exchange between the various institutions carrying our neuroscience research: the DZNE and Otto-von-Guericke University, in addition to the LIN itself.

Your profile:

We are looking for candidates with a completed doctoral degree in a biomedical, biophysical or medical field. Successful applicants should be highly motivated and self-driven, able to work independently, have a collegial attitude, have a solid background in neurobiology and be fluent in English. Previous experience with two-photon imaging, mouse stereotactic surgery or mouse models of stress is advantageous but is not a requirement.

We offer:

  • A vibrant, international and highly supporting working environment
    • Access to cutting edge technologies
    • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
    • Employment, salary and social benefits according the collective pay agreement (German TV-L)
    • Equal opportunities and reconciliation of work and family life
    • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home

We welcome all applications – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, disability, age, and sexual orientation and identity.

Please send a single PDF file comprising a letter describing your past achievements and explaining why you are a good fit to the project (max 1 page), a CV including a list of publications, a copy of your most recent academic degree, and 2 recommendation letters stating the reference number to to the attention of Dr. Alessio Attardo. Review of the applications will start on 28th February 2023 and end when the position is filled.

If you have an international degree, please also enclose a certificate evaluation from the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) with your application. If you do not yet have a certificate evaluation, you would have to apply for one upon successful application. For more information, please visit