PhD Student in Neurophysiology Saarland University, School of Medicine Germany


Several openings are available immediately for neurophysiologists to investigate:
(1) Mechanisms of odor and pheromone sensing in the mouse olfactory system or 
(2) Transient receptor potential (TRP) channel function in neurons of the CNS.

Our research is directed towards a better understanding of the molecular and cellular events that mediate mammalian chemical communication, specifically those events underlying complex social behaviors such as aggression, maternal care, and mating. We integrate investigations aimed at understanding molecular membrane mechanisms underlying the recognition of specific signaling molecules in the olfactory system, such as pheromones and hormones, with endocrine and immune function.

The research program combines state-of-the-art electrophysiology, high resolution imaging, optogenetics, neuroanatomy, and behavioral tests to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that influence the control of neuroendocrine neurons in the brain and underlie the encoding of chemosensory signals.
Previous experience in electrophysiological, calcium imaging techniques or behavioral assays are an advantage. 

Successful candidates will have completed the equivalent of a master's degree in biology, physics, medicine or related areas. Ability and willingness to communicate and collaborate effectively in an interdisciplinary environment are essential. 

We offer a creative working environment within a very successful group in our new research center. Homburg is a lovely town in southwest Germany’s wine country near the German-French border, with fast connections to both Frankfurt and Paris.

Applicants should send their CV, list of publications, and names of two references (in a single PDF file) to Prof. Dr. Trese Leinders-Zufall (

Job Information

Contract length:
3 years
Center for Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine (CIPMM), Saarland University School of Medicine

Contact Information

Trese Leinders-Zufall
Center for Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine (CIPMM), Saarland University School of Medicine, 
Kirrbergerstrasse 100, Building 48, D-66421 Homburg, Germany

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