PhD position Drosophila HFSP-project

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Martin Göpfert

Jun 20, 2023, 4:50:36 AMJun 20
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The Department of Cellular Neurobiology at the Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institute of Zoology and Anthropology at the University of Göttingen is offering a
PhD Position (all genders welcome)
The position will be limited to 3 years with the possibility for prolongation and will be filled as soon as possible.

Salary: Pay grade 65% (i.e. 25,87 h/week) TV-L 13 of German state regulated public service salary scale.
Your research
How a single super-multifuncitonal protein can serve – and maintain- it diverse functions is the focus of the HFSP project multifuncitonality. Using the Drosophila opsin protein rhodopsin 1 (Rh1), naturally occurring sequence variations that do not interfere with protein maturation/trafficking will be introduced into the fly to test effects on Rh1 functions. The functional analysis will be performed in the Göpfert lab, which pioneered the study of light-independent opsin functions and with which the position is affiliated. Respective mutant animals will be generated, and mutant effects will be explored on the structure and function Rh1-dependent photo-, mechano-, and chemoreceptor cells using electrophysiology, immuno-histochemistry, and electron-microscopy. We will also test for effects on larval temperature behaviors and extract and purify the protein variants from the fly eye. The position offers the opportunity to attract and supervise students, and it will be tightly embedded into the HFSP project and entail intense international collaboration.

Your profile
To qualify for the position, you should
• have a Master in Biology or a related discipline
• have a background in the analysis of sensory cell function
• be familiar with animal dissection, electrophysiology, and immuno-histochemistry
• have expertise in molecular biology and, ideally, Drosophila genetics
• have excellent communication and writing skills in English
• be highly motivated, self-organized and able to work in an international research team
Our labs are situated in the Schwann-Schleiden Research Center for Molecular Cell Biology and are part of the Göttingen Research Campus. We offer a highly collegial research environment and state-of-the art infrastructure.

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 University is particularly committed to the professional participation of severely disabled employees and therefore welcomes applications from severely disabled persons. A disability or equality is to be included in the application in order to protect the interests.

Please send your application with the usual documents in electronic form as one single pdf file (file name: surname_name.pdf) attached to a single email with the subject line „Postdoc“ by July 6, 2023
to Ms. Rita Füllgrabe-Schmidt, e-mail:
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rita Füllgrabe-Schmidt, e-mail:

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