BioMed X Innovation Center, Im Neuenheimer Feld 515, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
About BioMed X
The BioMed X Innovation Center is an exciting collaboration model at the interface between academia and industry. At our center, distinguished early career scientists recruited from all over the world are working jointly on novel pre-clinical research projects in the fields of biomedicine, molecular biology, cell biology, and diagnostics. These interdisciplinary project teams are conducting groundbreaking biomedical research in an open innovation lab facility on the campus of the University of Heidelberg, under the guidance of experienced mentors from academia and industry while expanding their scientific network.
Each BioMed X project team is sponsored by an industry partner. The sponsor of this call for application is Boehringer Ingelheim.
What we are looking for
Applications are welcome from early career scientists with an outstanding track record or strong interest in the field of:
Early intervention in psychiatric diseases
Adolescence is a critical developmental phase in the emergence of psychiatric diseases. Therapeutic pharmacological intervention during this period of change in brain structure and function could normalize brain maturation and improve the disease trajectory. We are seeking proposals that provide innovative ideas for exploring the complex neurobiology of adolescence to reveal mechanisms of vulnerability and resilience in the progress of psychiatric pathologies. Successful proposals should incorporate truly novel mechanisms as well as in-vivo and in-vitro models to identify and validate potential new targets for early intervention in developmental psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. Proposals building on very original ideas supported by first experimental findings are particularly encouraged.
Group leader positions are intended to suit candidates with typically between four and eight years of postdoctoral experience who would like to develop themselves towards a leadership career path either in academia or industry.
What we offer
The posts are offered for an initial term of two years, with the possibility of prolongation for up to two additional years.
The research group in the above-mentioned field consists of 1 group leader, 2 postdoctoral researchers and 2 research assistants. The funding package covers salaries, consumables, services, travels, as well as access to the core facilities of neighboring research institutions and biotechnology companies in Heidelberg.
There is flexibility over starting dates, but successful applicants are welcome to take up post starting July 1, 2019.
Application & Selection Process
Applications are to be made online at apply.bio.mx.
Only applications received before March 10, 2019 will be considered. As part of the online application procedure, candidates will be required to enter detailed information about their previous work and submit a competitive project proposal.
After a first selection round, candidates will be invited to a five-day innovation boot camp in Heidelberg. The invitation includes full coverage of travel expenses, accommodation, sightseeing, and food for the entire workshop which will take place from May 10 to 14, 2019. With guidance of experienced mentors, candidates will jointly work on their project proposals and present them in front of a jury on the final day. Successful candidates will be offered a position at the BioMed X Innovation Center.