Joining the Lab

Postdoc postion

for two years (with the possibility of an extension), TVL-L 13, 100 %, starting from January the 1st, 2018.

A PhD in Biology/Medicine or a related discipline as well as advanced skills in electrophysiology and/or (in vivo) Calcium Imaging including the corresponding analysis methods (Matlab) is required.

The candidate is expected to work independently within the framework of the Research Group 2715 “Epileptogenesis of genetic epilepsies". Furthermore, the candidate is invited to contribute to the teaching in Physiology, as well as to courses of the “Graduate School of Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience” and/or of the PhD program “Experimental Medicine”.

We offer a carrier development and specialization in physiology as well as habilitation.

People with disabilities are given preference for the same suitability.

Please send your application including CV, the motivation letter, copies of certificates and a publication list by post or electronically to:

Prof. Dr. O. Garaschuk, Institute of Physiology, Department of Neurophysiology, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen Keplerstraße 15,  72074 Tübingen                                                                                              Email: olga.garaschuk@uni-tuebingen.de

Application deadline is December 15, 2017


PhD studentship 

The information encoded by the brain during wakefulness in form of neural representations is reactivated during sleep, thus promoting its consolidation and long-term storage. While it was shown that repeated neural reactivations of hippocampal representations during sleep are essential for memory consolidation, it is not known whether and how do adult stem cells contribute to this process. Over recent years our laboratory has developed a modern toolkit enabling us to address this question (Kovalchuk et al., 2014, Liang et al., 2016).

Now we are looking for a motivated and talented PhD student interested in understanding how adult-born and mature granule cells in the hippocampal dentate gyrus contribute to memory consolidation during sleep. The student will team-up with other lab members and will learn/apply state‐of‐the art optical and electrophysiological techniques (in vivo two‐photon microscopy, the use of genetically-encoded calcium indicators, cell attached recordings, single cell electroporation, immunohistochemistry, etc.). The successful candidate can choose one of the two well structured training programs (Graduate school in Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience (http://www.neuroschool-tuebingen.de/master/cell-molec-neurosci) or PhD program in Experimental Medicine (https://www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de/en/Research/Doctoral+Studies+at+the+MFT/PhD+Program+in+Experimental+Medicine.html).

Qualifications required: master’s degree in biology or medicine (ideally with focus on neuroscience). Previous laboratory experience in our research area (neuroscience, molecular biology, in vivo imaging) will be appreciated. In addition, candidates should be enthusiastic about learning new techniques and contributing to data collection and analysis. Good communication skills, ability to work in a team, and proficiency in English language are required.

Applications are welcome from overseas students as well as EU nationals. The application deadline is the 1st of December. The project starts in January 2018. Applications should include a detailed CV, a brief letter of motivation, and names of at least two reference persons. Please send these materials to Prof. Garaschuk (olga.garaschukl@uni-tuebingen.de). For further information about the lab please visit http://www.physiologie2.uni-tuebingen.de/.


PhD Student (E13 TV-L / 65 %)

Protozoal infections comprise a group of diseases that together affect billion of people worldwide and are responsible for more than 500.000 deaths annually. One of the most devastating complications of these infections is the invasion of the central nervous system. In the case of the extracellular protozoan parasite Trypanosoma brucei, the causal agent of Human African Trypanosomiasis, invasion is at least in part governed by the expression of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines, which play a permissive role for parasite penetration and accumulation in the brain parenchyma. Very little is known about the interactions between parasites and the parenchyma cellular microenvironment, and how the cerebral infection is controlled by the host before an encephalopathy occurs. Recently, we demonstrated that microglial cells in culture can be activated by trypanosomes and are able to engulf the parasite and to eliminate it by phagocytosis. However, the in vivo hallmarks of microglial reaction to the parasite, its exact time course and underlying mechanisms remain unclear.

Therefore, we are looking for a highly motivated PhD student interested in deciphering the role of microglial cells in controlling cerebral infection in a mouse model of African trypanosomiasis. The student will work together with other lab members and will learn/apply state‐of‐the art optical and molecular biology techniques (in vivo two‐photon microscopy, production of mutant parasites, immunohistochemistry, etc.). The successful candidate can choose one of the two well structured training programs (Graduate school in Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience (http://www.neuroschool-tuebingen.de/master/cell-molec-neurosci) or PhD program in Experimental Medicine (https://www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de/en/Research/Doctoral+Studies+at+the+MFT/PhD+Program+in+Experimental+Medicine.html).

Qualifications required: The ideal candidate should hold a master’s degree in biology or a related field and have previous laboratory experience in one of our research areas: neuroscience, molecular biology, in vivo imaging, or experience working in a S2 laboratory. In addition, candidates should be proactive and motivated about learning new techniques and contributing to data collection and analysis. Good communication skills, ability to work in a team, and proficiency in English language are required.

The submission deadline is the 1st of December. The project starts in January 2018. Applications should include a detailed CV, a brief letter of motivation, and names and contact information of at least two reference persons (all in one single file). Please send these materials to Dr. Katherine Figarella (katherine.figarella@uni-tuebingen.de). For further information about the lab please visit http://www.physiologie2.uni-tuebingen.de/.

Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience

Master and doctoral training within two graduate programs:

  1. The graduate program in Neural & Behavioural Sciences (International Max Planck Research School ): http://www.neuroschool-tuebingen-cogni.de/index.php?id=313
  2. The graduate program in Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience: http://www.neuroschool-tuebingen-molec.de/index.php?id=183

 

MD/PhD Program in Experimental Medicine

The PhD Program in Experimental Medicine aims at students that have graduated from a medical school (German "Staatsexamen " or equivalent), hold a Diploma or Master of Science degree in the Life sciences or related disciplines (e.g. biomedical sciences, biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, psychology, computer sciences, engineering) and seek a challenging education for a future position in the field of medical research.

Highly motivated and especially talented students already enrolled in the MD-equivalent degree programs „Staatsexamen Humanmedizin“ or „Staatsexamen Zahnmedizin“ at the University of Tübingen may also be eligible to participate in a double-degree (MD/PhD) program after passing their intermediate examinations.

The regular duration of the program is 6 semesters (3 years). Further information on the Program you will find here: http://www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de/phd

If you are interested please send your inquiry by email to: office-physiologie2@medizin.uni-tuebingen.de

 

Training of medical students

The graduate program of the IZKF Promotionskolleg aims at an interdisciplinary training of medical and dental sudents.

For more information please visit: https://www.medizin.uni-tuebingen.de/en/Research/Research+Funding/Intram...

We also welcome motivated medical students interested in full-time scientific work to apply for a fully-funded one year MD training.