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.
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
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
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: rfu...@gwdg.de
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rita Füllgrabe-Schmidt, e-mail: rfu...@gwdg.de.
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