The Max-Planck-Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior – caesar (MPINB) focuses on basic research in neuroethology. International researchers at the institute study how the collective activity of vast numbers of neurons gives rise to the plethora of animal behaviors. The interdisciplinary research spans from imaging neural circuits at the nanoscale to analyzing neural activity in a freely moving and naturally behaving animal.

The Max-Planck-Research Group “Neurobiology of Magnetoreception” headed by Dr Malkemper is looking for a

Postdoctoral Scientist (m/f/div)
Electron microscopy

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated scientist interested in studying the neural basis of the magnetic sense. We use African mole-rats and planarians as model systems to study magnetic orientation. The successful candidate is expected to explore new methods (SEM-EDX, TEM, Synchrotron-XRF, nitrogen-vacancy center imag-ing, MRI-QSM, µ-CT) to screen mole-rat tissues and planarians for iron-based magnetoreceptors.
More information about the group and projects can be found at

What we expect from you

  • A PhD in physics or biology/neuroscience
  • A team-oriented, flexible personality driven by curiosity and ambition
  • Experience with electron microscopy or any of the above mentioned imaging methods
  • Programming skills in python are a plus
  • Knowledge of the German language is not a requirement

What we offer

  • An ERC/DFG-funded position initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of extension
  • You will work in international and collaborative environment in a stimulating scientific institute
  • Cutting-edge equipped, newly installed laboratories
  • Access to state of the art electron microscopes and µ-CT
  • Salary in line with the German public tariff (TVöD)

The MPINB is part of a cluster for neuroscience in the Bonn-Cologne region, comprising the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and two Max-Planck-Institutes. The Institute hosts the International Max Planck Research School for Brain & Behavior and is involved in the Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience. MPNB is committed to diversity and inclusion and is aiming to increase the percentage of women in areas where they are under-represented. We therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.

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