PhD position in Drosophila sensory biology (f/m/d)

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Feb 1, 2023, 6:22:47 AM2/1/23
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A PhD position (f/m/d) is available at the Department of Cellular Neurobiology/University of Göttingen to study mechanosensory roles of visual proteins.

Beginning: 01.04.2023 or by arrangement

Duration: 3 years

Working period: 65%

Tariff: salary according to TV-L

Application deadline: 22.02.2023

Location: University of Göttingen,


Working area and tasks

You will work in the Göpfert lab, which focuses on mechanosensory mechanisms in Drosophila using genetic, neurobiological, and behavioral techniques. Aim will be to unravel the roles of visual proteins in mechanosensory cells. Drosophila mechanoreceptors require opsins and visual cycle proteins (z.B. Zanini et al., Neuron 2018; Katana et al., Curr Biol 2019; Feuda, Menon & Göpfert, Mol Biol Evol 2022), yet how these proteins contribute to mechanosensory cell function is mysterious. Using biochemical, molecular, and cell physiological methods, we will probe these functions in cells, combining in vitro and in vivo approaches.

To qualify for the position, you should

-          have studied Biology (Diploma/Master) or a related discipline

-          have experience in Drosophila genetics and molecular biology

-          have experience in sensory physiology, ideally with mechano- or photoreceptors

-          be curious and keen on doing research

-          be highly motivated, self-organized and able to work in a team

-          have excellent communication and writing skills in English (in German might be helpful)

The position aims to promote junior scientists and offers the opportunity to graduate.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please send your application including CV to Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Department of Cellular Neurobiology, Prof. Dr. Martin Göpfert, Julia-Lermontowa-Weg 3, 37077 Göttingen, preferably via email to Ms. Rita Füllgrabe-Schmidt ( The deadline for application will be February 22, 2023. We request that you send us copies of your application documents, as no returns will be made. We will destroy the documents after a holding period of five months. Application documents will be only returned to you if you provide a self-addressed adequately stamped envelope.

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