OPEN POSTDOC POSITION
The Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (ISD) located in the biomedical science campus, is a member of the DFG-funded “Synergy” Cluster of Excellence with various institutions in Munich. We are working on collaborative projects and share all resources, hence it is an excellent basic and translational research environment. ISD is also a part of the Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences (GSN) in Munich, which educates top-quality Master and Ph.D. students from all over Europe and the world and will give you the opportunity to integrate into this program and work with highly qualified international coworkers. Our lab at the ISD has a state-of the art infrastructure including: brand new fully equipped lab and offices, a state-of-the-art animal facility that is fully equipped with surgery rooms, a recently purchased in-house a Zeiss 2-photon microscope, a Zeiss 880 with AirScan confocal microscope, a Lavision Biotec light-sheet microscope, a behavioral test unit, a large surgery room and a post-operative care unit, FACS machine (BD, Verse), a new PALM Microbeam 4.0 laser micro-dissection microscope, and epifluorescence microscopes. Hence, we offer an interactive and inspiring atmosphere, ideal for our researchers to publish in top-tier journals and develop their career at best. We have a strong international scientific network and thus frequently host guest lecturers and maintain international collaborations. Located in the heart of Europe, Munich offers one of the highest quality-of-living (the 4th best city to live in the world according to The Guardian, 2016).
Our group explores critical cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases, in particular brain injury. To this end, we map the mouse brain using various cutting-edge techniques to assess brain function and structure including in vivo 2-photon imaging, optogenetics, high resolution 3D imaging of the entire brain -that we developed (Nature Medicine Erturk et al. 2012, Nature Protocols Erturk et al. 2012, Nature Methods Pan et al., 2016), and rabies virus tracing of neuronal networks.
- extremely curious about basic science and carry a great interest to make breakthroughs
- always looking for solutions to turn great ideas and opportunities into actions
- always willing to learn, and have the courage to ask questions when you don’t know
- open to express your opinions and receive feedbacks / critics
- a team player and willing to work in a collaborative environment to share ideas and experiences
- willing to be part of a diverse team to make a dent in the universe
Our recent work (named uDISCO) published in Nature Methods in August 2016, and highlighted by media worldwide including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Nature and Science magazines. uDISCO demonstrated the possibility of clearing and imaging of entire adult rodents to map neuronal, glial and vascular connections.
For this position: We are looking for candidates with a strong background in molecular/cellular biology and neuroscience. The research project focuses on mechanisms of chronic (secondary) neurodegeneration in experimental stroke models. We are interested in understanding how neuroinflammation contributes to long-term neurodegeneration. The project requires usage of cell biology and molecular biology techniques, tissue clearing, in vivo 2-photon imaging, light-sheet microscopy imaging, live cell imaging, histology, and behavioral tests. Ideal candidates should have strong expertise in molecular & cell biology methods and a good understanding of neurobiology. Salary will be based on German public employment guidelines (TV-L). The Ludwig-Maximilians University is an equal opportunity employer.