The Experimental Lab of the Institute of Molecular und Cellular Anatomy at Ulm University is searching for a


PhD student (f/m/x) - Neuroscience

We are a team of young international scientists studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying differentiation, organization and functional integration of neurons (Simon et al., EMBO-J, 2012, Genes Brains Behav, 2016; Wiegreffe et al., Neuron, 2015; de Bruyckere et al., Front. Mol. Neurosc., 2018).

The position is immediately available. The contract is planned for 36 months, but will start with a period of 24 months.

The project

The zinc finger transcription factor Bcl11b/Ctip2 (Bcl11b) regulates proliferation, differentiation, survival and connectivity of various neuron types within the central nervous system. Recently, patients carrying heterozygous mutations in Bcl11b have been identified, suffering from developmental delay, speech impairment and autistic symptoms. There is emerging evidence for the cerebellum to be crucial not only for motor coordination but for speech and cognitive tasks, too. Alterations in synaptic plasticity of cerebellar Purkinje cells, are associated with autistic behavior. Within the cerebellum, Bcl11b it is selectively expressed in Purkinje cells. The PhD student will investigate the cellular and molecular functions of Bcl11b within the murine cerebellum.

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If this advertisement engaged your interest please send in a detailed CV, a letter of motivation and the contact information of two references.

For further information please contact Dr. rer. nat. Franziska Seigfried via E-Mail:


Employment takes place through the administration department of the University Medical Center Ulm, which acts in the
name and on behalf of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially. Ulm University strives for an increased proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages female qualified scientists to apply for the position. In general, full-time positions are divisible.
A subsequent employment is possible.