The Department of Neurophysiology at the Faculty of Medicine is looking for a 

PhD Student (m/f/x) cortical-subcortical sensory processing for 3 years, 25,8895 hours per week, TVL E13

The Department of Neurophysiology at the Medical Faculty of the Ruhr University Bochum hosts a vibrant and talented team of neuroscientists from a variety of scientific backgrounds that implement multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the mechanisms underlying memory. A PhD position is currently available for a candidate that has a strong interest in, and ideally, prior training in the area of immunohistochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridisation in the rodent brain in conjunction with behavioral studies.

extent: part-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  • The PhD project will focus on the interaction of corticofugal systems in the enabling of sensory perception
  • Along with immunohistochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridisation, rodent behavioural paradigms will be implemented
  • The integration of rodent fMRI in the project is possible depending on the qualification of the candidate
  • Data acquisition, analysis and interpretation is a prerequisite

Your profile:

  • completed master's degree in a suitable field of study (e.g. neuroscience, animal biology, biochemistry)
  • ideally, prior training in the area of immunohistochemistry and/or fluorescence in situ hybridisation in the rodent brain
  • knowledge of the rodent brain anatomy and the cellular basis of sensory perception
  • Experience with respective signal analysis is advantageous
  • Admission to the International Graduate School of Neuroscience ( will be expected

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • a friendly and collegial environment
  • an open working atmosphere

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

You can find information about TVL at:

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Sandra Frühauf, Phone: +49234 32 22042

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

ANR: 3143 until 23.04.2024
Applications (including motivation letter, CV, proof of degrees, grade transcripts, 2 referees) should be directed to Head of Department, Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan (

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