Job ID: 99015

Ph.D. position in Behavioural Neuroscience

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 31 March 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 July 2023

Contract Length: 3 - 4 years

City: Regensburg

Country: Germany

Institution: University of Regensburg

Department: Behavioural and Molecular Neurobiology


We are looking for a highly motivated and skillful Ph.D. student to become part of our DFG-funded Research Training Group “Neurobiology of Social & Emotional Dysfunctions” to work on the project C2 “Neuroendocrine and emotional consequences in orphaned rat mothers”.


Positive social relationships, e.g., between a mother and her young, are vital for mental and physical health. Conversely, sudden disruption of such an important relationship is often followed by emotional distress, triggering severe physical and psychological sequelae, including depression. Therefore, elucidating the neural systems underlying the offspring loss-induced depression is essential to understand and, consequently, develop strategies against the psychiatric consequences of these events. We aim to reach that goal by studying lactating rat mothers, and by applying a variety of techniques from shRNA, intracerebral microdialysis, acute or chronic application of receptor (ant‐)agonists, and epigenetic approaches to electrophysiology, where appropriate.

What we offer:

We offer a Ph.D. position for at least 3 years (65% according to German pay scale TV-L E13).

The Ph.D. student will be an essential part of our DFG Research Training Group “Neurobiology of Social & Emotional Dysfunctions” and, therefore, profit from a tandem supervision, the interdisciplinary atmosphere of our Graduate School, the multiple offers to advance in methodological, academic and soft skills, lively discussions during retreats, and the option to spend up to 3 months in a collaborating lab abroad.

What we expect:

  • A Master degree in Neurobiology
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research of mammalian socio-emotional behaviour
  • Excellent communication and team-working skills
  • Enthusiasm and great commitment to research

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