Job ID: 98051

Molecular and cellular neurobiology, synaptic function/plasticity

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 4 December 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 February 2023

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Marburg

Country: Germany

Institution: Philipps-University of Marburg

Department: Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Physiological Chemistry


The Faculty of Medicine, Laboratory for Molecular Neurobiology of Prof. Dr. Marco Rust is currently accepting applications for a

Research Assistant (PhD student)

The position is offered for a period of 3 years. The starting date is as soon as possible. The position is part-time (65 % of regular working hours) with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 65 %).
The research group aims at identifying actin regulatory mechanisms in neurons and at elucidating their relevance for mammalian brain development and function. In a multidisciplinary approach, the group combines mouse genetics with biochemical and cell biological approaches as well as with modern microscopy (confocal microscopy, high-resolution microscopy, live cell imaging). For further information on the group:


  • functional characterization of a novel actin regulator in excitatory synapses
  • deciphering of synaptic interaction partners and regulatory mechanisms of this actin regulator

The position is limited to a time period deemed adequate for the completion of a doctoral degree. As part of the assigned duties, there will be ample opportunity to conduct the independent scientific research necessary for the completion of a doctorate. The limitation complies to § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.


  • Master of Science or equivalent degree in biology, biochemistry or life sciences
  • high motivation and strong background in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology or neurobiology
  • beneficial are expertise in cutting-edge microscopy and mouse genetics as well as permit for animal experimental work
  • willingness to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • good English oral and writing skills

We actively support the professional development of junior researchers, e.g. by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office, the Higher Education Didactics Office and the Human Resources Development Office. The candidate has access to the interdisciplinary graduate program of the Biochemical-Pharmacologi-cal Center (

Please send your application (incl. single-sided motivation letter, CV, certificates, transcript of records, names of 2 references) mentioning registration number above as a single PDF file to before 04.12.2022.