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PhD student position in Cellular Neuroenergetics

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Department Biology II, Division of Neuroscience, PD Dr. Lars Kunz


We are offering a PhD student position in Cellular Neuroenergetics in the group of PD Dr. Lars Kunz (Div. of Neuroscience, Dept. Biology II, LMU Munich). The DFG-funded position (TVL E 13, 65%, 3 years) will be available from September 2018 on.

The project
You are interested in a better understanding of cellular metabolism in the brain, which for instance represents the basis for functional brain imaging, but is also involved in various neuropathologies? Than this PhD project should attract your attention. The aim of the project is to investigate neuroenergetic adaptations in auditory brainstem nuclei, which exhibit unique biophysical characteristics. Metabolism of neurons and
astrocytes will be assessed by fluorescence imaging (NADH, FAD, ATP) and extracellular monitoring of O 2 , glucose and other metabolites/nutrients in brain slices of rodents (Brosel et al. 2018, Eur J Neurosci 47:222).

Our environment
You will be part of the Division of Neuroscience (, a vibrant and diverse group with expertise in in vitro, in vivo, behavioural and computational neuroscience. Candidates are encouraged to join the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences ( We are located in the Biocenter Martinsried (near Munich) in walking-distance to the Biomedical Centre and clinical groups of the LMU, Max-Planck Institutes, and the Innovations- und Gründerzentrum Biotechnologie, which allows for an extensive inter-disciplinary exchange.

Your profile
You are an open and enthusiastic personality excited about science and research and you have a strong interest or experience in the following topics:
(1) Neuroscience & biochemistry
(2) Fluorescence imaging
(3) (Image) data analysis
(4) Writing analysis software (Python, Matlab, Igor, etc.)
(5) Stereotactical virus injections in the rodent brain
(6) Brain slice electrophysiology

Applicants must hold an academic university degree (M.Sc.) or equivalent in a relevant discipline (natural or life sciences, engineering, etc.). Preference will be given to handicapped applicants with equal qualifications. As family-friendly institution, we particularly encourage applications of women and of candidates with children.

How to apply
Please send your application until 30. Sept. 2018 – preferentially by email – to PD Dr. Lars Kunz (, LMU Munich, Department Biology II, Division of Neuroscience, Großhaderner Str. 2, D-82152 Planegg, Germany. The application must include your CV, transcripts of records, undergraduate thesis, motivation letter and names of potential referees. Starting date is negotiable and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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