Job ID: 97552

PhD Robust Circuit 5289

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 1 December 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 February 2023

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Berlin

Country: Germany

Institution: Free University Berlin

Department: Biology, Neurobiology


The Hiesinger lab conducts research on the development and maintenance of synaptic brain connectivity using the Drosophila model system.  We offer an opportunity for scientific work, discussions and personal development in an international team.  The Hiesinger lab is an ERC-funded lab with integration into several research consortia, incl. the ‘speaker lab’ of the research unit ‘RobustCircuit – From imprecision to robustness in neural circuit assembly’. Our research projects are conceptually demanding with the goal to open the door for motivated scientists to develop a scientific career.  For further information please visit

We offer a graduate student position (65%, E13) in the context of the research consortium RobustCircuit (  The goal of our project ‘Robust axonal branch patterning through stochastic filopodial dynamics’ is to understand the role of stochastic dynamics for the development of specificity in brain wiring. We use advanced genetic and imaging technology, including multi-photon live imaging, computational modeling and molecular genetics. Within the context of this project towards a doctoral degree we offer significant opportunities for the development of new ideas.

Master in Biology or equivalent degree in biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics or related fields; excellent written and spoken English are required.

Experience with Drosophila and molecular or cellular neurobiology in the context of a Bachelor or Masters thesis are advantageous.  In addition, experience with live imaging of nervous systems and experience with molecular biology in one or more model systems are desirable.