The Max Planck Research Group “Sleep and Waking” (PD Dr. Henrik Bringmann) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is looking for a Ph. D. Student “control and functions of sleep”.
Sleep is essential for the life of all animals and we feel bad if we don’t get enough sleep. Because of its importance, sleep is tightly controlled. Our group is working on the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms underlying sleep using the model system C. elegans. The nematode is a great model system for molecular neurobiology due to its fast generation time, amenability to genetics, small and invariant nervous system, and transparency allowing functional imaging and optogenetics. Despite its simplicity, molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms of sleep control are conserved in this system. Both mammals and C. elegans use conserved sleep-active sleep- promoting neurons to control sleep. The lab has just been awarded an ERC grant to study the mechanisms of sleep control by sleep neurons. The group is looking for a Ph. D. student to work on the mechanisms by which sleep neurons control sleep and how sleep exerts its restorative function. Projects are possible both on C.elegans as well as using mouse models. Work included molecular biology of sleep, functional imaging, electrophysiology, and optogenetics.
Candidates should hold a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in life science and a strong interest and motivation to solve sleep.
The successful applicant will receive a salary according to the funding guidelines for young researchers of the Max Planck Society (50% TVoeD 13).
Applications should include a CV, a list of publications (if applicable) and contact names and addresses of one to three references familiar with the work of the candidate. Please submit all materials preferably in electronic form (as one single PDF file) via e-mail until July, 31st 2016 to Henrik.Bringmann@mpibpc.mpg.de Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry Research Group „Sleep and Waking”
PD Dr. Henrik Bringmann
Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen