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Junior Research Group Leader (m/f/d) Cellular and synaptic mechanisms of engram formation

Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt (DE)
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16 Oct 2023

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Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) is an internationally oriented and regionally networked university with a strong research profile.


The Faculty of Natural Sciences seeks to fill the following vacancy at the Institute of Biology:


Junior Research Group Leader (m/f/d) in the field of Cellular and synaptic mechanisms of engram formation


Salary scale: 14 TV-L
Date commencing: Jan. 1st 2024
Fixed term (until): Dec. 31st 2028
Contract status: 100 %


We are a university with a focus on engineering and natural sciences as well as economics and medicine. We offer excellent study and working conditions to 13,000 students from Germany and abroad as well as approx. 3,000 employees.


The successful candidate (m/f/d) will establish and lead an independent junior research group at the Institute of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg.


The OvGU and the CRC1436 follow the German and European Equal Opportunity regulations. The job opening is subject to budgetary funds availability.


Job description:

Relevant experience in the analysis of cellular and synaptic mechanisms of memory formation and a suitable spectrum of methods, which allow the investigation of small neuronal networks and their synaptic connectivity with high resolution, are expected. A combination of electrophysiological and optogenetic methods with so-called engram technologies will be useful. The analysis of molecular mechanisms of synaptic processes and molecular programmes within a defined neurocognitive circuit and their relation to behavior is desirable. It is expected that the new research group will work closely with the CRC1436 also during the second funding phase of the CRC1436. For more information, please visit The appointee will receive an attractive package that, in addition to the group leader position, also covers one PhD student, one PostDoc position, one student assistant, and appropriate consumables. Additionally, they benefit from excellent working conditions in Magdeburg as one of Germany`s leading centers for Neurobiology and Brain Science and have access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure.


Requirements profile:

Qualification requirements include a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree, appropriate postdoctoral training (no more than 6 years after Ph.D. – parental leave taken into account), documented expertise in the announced topics and a clearly formulated and convincing plan for an independent and competitive research.


For further information about the position, please contact: Prof. Dr. Oliver Stork


You will benefit from our structures and offerings in the fields of sustainability, diversity, family support and staff development. Our location in the center of a thriving, lively and family-friendly state capital guarantees a high quality of life and a wide range of leisure activities. For more information, please visit or


Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg is a signatory of the German Diversity Charter. We welcome your application, regardless of gender, cultural and social background, age or sexual orientation. Applications from severely disabled people or people with an equivalent impairment will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional expertise. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg strongly promotes gender equality in all professional areas.


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Please send your complete application (motivation letter, curriculum vitae, graduation certificates, references) by October 15, 2023 using the online application portal.



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