Closing Date: 15 March 2021
The closing date for applications is 15 February 2020
The Mass lab is looking for a postdoctoral candidate with a strong neuroscience, neurodevelopment and/or immunology background to study the role of nanoplastics in the development of neurological disorders as part of an ERC starting grant project. The position is for 2 years with a possible extension. The employment is planned to start on 1 April or upon agreement.
The goal of the NanoGlia project is to determine which type of plastic particles can pass from the mother to the developing fetus, whether this can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders and whether this is a microglia-dependent process. To achieve this, a guinea pig model is used due to its anatomical similarity to the human placenta. Further methods include histology, electrophysiology, single-cell RNA-sequencing, and flow cytometry.
Our lab is located in the LIMES Institute, which is highly interdisciplinary, addresses basic research questions in developmental biology, immunology, genetics, and biochemistry and thus provides all the basic equipment required for the project. For more specific methodology we are closely collaborating with groups at the DZNE, Life&Brain and the Medical Faculty.
- The candidate is required to hold a PhD degree in neuroscience/developmental biology or similar topics
- Postdoctoral experience in the same areas is an advantage
- We are looking for candidates with hands-on experience or an interest in expanding their knowledge in molecular biology, electrophysiology, high-dimensional flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, and bioinformatic analyses (particularly scRNA-seq)
- Experience with guinea pigs as a model and background in R/Python is a plus
- Finally, we are looking for applicants with a good track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications and teamwork
- A thriving academic environment
- A professional career development program
- Participation in the university-wide pension system (VBL)
- Access to extensive university sports program
- A salary based on the TV-L scale (E13, 100%)
The university is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. Applications from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome.
For further information, please contact Professor Elvira Mass by email:
Please send your complete application as 1 combined PDF file including cover letter, CV, list of references (full address, incl. email and phone number), and list of publications to