Job ID: 97217

PhD Position: Glutamate Receptor Function and Pharmacology

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 7 November 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 January 2023

Contract Length: 3 years, 19.9h/week

City: Bochum

Country: Germany

Institution: Ruhr University Bochum

Department: Biology and Biotechnology, Cellular Neurobiology


The research group Cellular Neurobiology at the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum is seeking to fill a

PhD student position (m,f,d) – 3 years, TV-L E13, 50%

Glutamate Receptor Function and Pharmacology“Position

We are looking for a motivated coworker, who is interested in pursuing experimental studies in the area of receptor physiology/pharmacology. The aim of the project will be to study the formation and function of heteromeric glutamate receptors, which play a key role for synaptic transmission in the central nervous system (cf. Reiner & Levitz, Neuron 2018; Pollok & Reiner, PNAS 2020; Selvakumar et al., Cell Rep 2021; Herbrechter et al., Cell Mol Life Sci 2021). The main techniques used will be patch-clamp electrophysiology, modern imaging approaches and tailored, chemo-optogenetic methods. Besides biochemical and physiological state-of-the-art methods local and international collaboration partners are available to support the project thus offering excellent perspectives for your scientific development. A better understanding of heteromeric glutamate receptors will allow to better assess their involvement in pathological processes (cf. DFG FOR2795: Synapses under Stress) and to decipher mechanisms of drug action.

Your profile

Required is an excellent university degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine, Biophysics, or a related discipline. Further mandatory skills are a very high motivation to engage in independent scientific research, the ability to work in a team, and very good English skills. Candidates should also have experience in the areas of molecular biology/neurobiology and fluorescence microscopy or electrophysiology.

We offer

– Open work atmosphere and employment at one of the largest German universities; part of the University Alliance Ruhr.

– Salary and social benefits according to German/NRW TV-L E13/50%. The contract is initially limited to 3 years.

Further information

The contract is initially limited to 3 years with salary and social benefits according to German/NRW TV-L E13/50%. The position will be associated with teaching obligations (§3 Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung NRW). Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

Contact – Prof. Dr. Andreas Reiner

In case you are interested to join our team, we kindly ask you to send us your detailed motivation letter, CV, transcripts and the contact details of two referees, who are willing to provide a reference letter, as a single PDF file by Nov 7, 2022 (position ANR1177) to

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