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2 PhD positions in Neuroscience (m/f/d)

Berlin-BUCH | Max-Delbrück-Center

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association is an international biomedical research center dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms of health and disease with the goal to devise new diagnostics and medicines. The MDC is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization, and offers an engaging research environment with cutting-edge research infrastructure. Currently, ~1250 employees and ~500 guest scientists work at the Berlin-Buch and Berlin-Mitte campuses. Our diverse workforce is a core strength that inspires creativity and innovation at the MDC.

The MDC is committed to improving human health through transformative biomedical research. Our goal is to pioneer discoveries for preventing, treating, and ultimately curing disease.

The Poulet Lab:
Our long-term goal is to identify neural mechanisms of sensory perception and sensory memory formation. We investigate thermo-tactile perception in the mouse forelimb somatosensory system. A mechanistic understanding of sensory perception requires an integrated approach. We therefore combine cell-type specific electrophysiological and optical approaches with behavioral techniques to record and manipulate neural activity in the behaving mouse. The MDC provides state of the art research facilities and the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment of research excellence. For more information, please visit

2 PhD positions in Neuroscience (m/f/d) in the Poulet lab, starting April 1, 2024

Job Description

The Poulet lab is inviting applications for 2 PhD positions to study sensory processing and perception or sensory memory formation. We have recently identified some of the key neuronal circuits involved in thermal perception (Milenkovic et al., Nat Neuro, 2014; Vestergaard and Carta et al., Nature 2023; Bokiniec et al., Cerebral Cortex, 2023) and now want to take advantage of unique properties of the thermal system to drive forward our understanding of thermal processing, perception and memory formation. We are seeking candidates who are enthusiastic, collaborative and fascinated by mechanisms of brain function. You will work closely with other members of our team in a vibrant and collaborative environment.

  • You will be part of a dynamic and lively environment for neuroscience research at the MDC and Berlin at large
  • Access to state-of-the-art technology and local research platforms and resources to support your project.
  • A project tackling to tackle a fundamental question in neuroscience
  • Supervision and support in a collaborative environment


Minimum requirements:

  • Enthusiasm to address fundamental questions in neuroscience
  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Proficiency in English

Preferred requirements:

  • Expertise in electrophysiology, in vivo two-photon or widefield imaging, optogenetics, animal behavior is preferred, but we are interested in applicants with different backgrounds
  • Applicants with a background in data analysis, image processing and analysis, physics, engineering are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Collaborative and enthusiastic attitude to science
  • Excellent communication skills

We offer

  • international working environment with communication in English and German
  • interesting career opportunities and a range of opportunities for further qualification and training
  • Compatibility of family and career certified by the workandfamily audit (“berufundfamilie audit”)
  • Support for "New Berliners" through the MDC Welcome & Family Office
  • On-campus health and fitness center

You also benefit from:

  • a remuneration in accordance with the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD-Bund), including additional company pension schemes
  • flexible working hours and childcare support
  • an idyllic green campus, which is easily accessible by bicycle, public transport or car
  • a secure job
  • Subsidy for the job ticket as well as discounts in the campus canteen
  • additional health benefits such as flu vaccination, eye test, ergonomics advice at the workplace
  • the possibility of mobile working
  • free use of Nextbike from the Buch S-Bahn station to the campus

Further Information:

Job Type:


Application Period:
March 03, 2024

MDC Berlin-Buch

Remuneration will be according to the TVöD Bund, depending on the personal requirements, fee group E13

Employment volume:
25,35 hours / week

Desired starting date:
April 01, 2024

Fixed Term
3 years

Janin Bergmann
AG Poulet

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
MDC values diversity and is committed to fostering an inclusive, fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equitable consideration for employment based on their experience and qualifications, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or other personal characteristics. We recognize that creating diverse teams that represent a broad range of experiences, perspectives and backgrounds strengthen our work and research. We welcome applications from open-minded people who embrace working together in a diverse environment. Applications from severely disabled people will be given particular consideration.

Please use our online portal and submit your application including a cover letter, CV (without photo, age and information about your family status) and other relevant attachments.

If you have a foreign degree, please submit proof of the recognition of your Master's degree in Germany with your application. The proof can be determined via the anabin database ( and can be submitted as a PDF attachment to the application.

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