Job ID: 96538

PostDoctoral Research Project in Sensory Systems in Erlangen/Germany

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 31 December 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 March 2023

Contract Length: 12 months

City: Erlangen

Country: Germany

Institution: University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Department: Department of Anesthesia


The Zimmermann Lab is searching for an enthusiastic PostDoc in the neuroscience field to start in March 2023.

Our research focusses on the physiology of adaptation to environmental cold exposure and how complex behavioral traits like cold avoidance and cold allodynia can be explained on a molecular level. In particular, you will conduct experiments to understand the variability of cold avoidance and comfort temperature among inbred mouse strains and between the sexes. The project is based on a haplotype mapping approach and seeks to validate gene variants which lead to low and high levels of cold avoidance and comfort temperature.

We are looking for a candidate with broad expertise in some or all of the following techniques: in vivo animal models, molecular biology, transcriptomics, cell/neuronal culture, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, electrophysiology, etc. Enjoying to work with animal models is a must.

All necessary equipment will be available, including biopotential measurements with telemetry implants in live animals and cabinets for variable temperature exposure. The Optical Imaging Center @ FAU provides access to multiphoton, spinning disc and other microscopes.

Successful applicants are highly motivated and passionate about conducting experiments and learning new techniques. Being comfortable with working in a team is a necessary requirement and supervising undergraduate students is an additional benefit. Being proficient in German Language is of advantage, but not a requirement.

Applicants hold a Ph.D. in Biology, Neuroscience, Physiology, or related life science field. The position is available beginning March 2023. Applications from female researchers are particulary encouranged. Salary level is E13, full time. Earliest start date would be 1st of March. One year contract initially with the possiblity to prolong for 3 years.

Erlangen is a Middle Franconian city in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region surrounded by the Franconian Switzerland-Veldenstein Forest Nature Park where imposing hill ranges and steeply falling river valleys determine a landscape renowned for its stalactite rock grottos and a multitude of ruins and medieval castles and palaces.

Please send your complete application documents, preferably in one PDF file, including letter of motivation, CV and publications, two reference letters and transcripts of records of Bachelor and Master degrees by email to
Applicants are responsible to secure letters of reference themselves.