Job ID: 95519

PhD position (E13, 65%): Epigenetic regulation in glial cells of the central nervous system during development and disease

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 30 September 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 November 2022

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Erlangen

Country: Germany

Institution: Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Department: Institute of Biochemistry


In the group of Dr. Michael Wegner at the Institute of Biochemistry (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg) there is an opening for a PhD student for an immediate start or latest until January 2022. Expected start: as soon as possible.

Our group is interested in the epigenetic and transcriptional regulation of development and homeostasis in myelin-forming glia of the central nervous system and its impact on disease states. We analyze mechanisms of cell specification, lineage progression and differentiation with a particular focus on myelin formation and maintenance using genetic histological, biochemical, cell and molecular biology as well as high throughput sequencing techniques.

We are looking for interested and highly motivated applicants with an educational background in biochemistry/biology/chemistry/molecular medicine and with an excellent diploma or master degree. Experience in the neuroscience field and practical experience in standard molecular biology, cell culture and histology techniques are welcome.

How to apply:

A) Please submit as a single pdf file with your name:

(1) Letter of motivation
(2) Curriculum vitae
(3) Transcript of Records
(4) Summary of Research Experience and Master Project
(5) List of publications (if available)
(6) Names of two potential supervisors (you can find all potential supervisors under
“Faculty” and more details about their projects under “Research Projects“)

Required qualification:

Masters degree or comparable qualification in the field of life sciences / neurosciences is required.


The PhD student will be integrated in the neuroscience research training group 2162 (RTG 2162), which focusses on neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative diseases and factors that bridge between both as vulnerability factors in later life. The applicant will have the opportunity to educate him-/herself on a professional as well as on a personal level and to network and work together with other PhD students and established neuroscientists within the RTG 2162. Also mentoring and soft skill seminars are part of the structured 3-year PhD program. For further information please visit the web site: