Ph.D. position (m/f/d) in Neurobiology of Magnetoreception

caesar is a neurosciences research institute associated with the Max Planck Society and is located in Bonn. The main focus of its interdisciplinary research is on cellular signal processing and the neural foundations of behavior. The scientists at caesar want to understand the neuronal mechanisms on which behavior is based. Their research ranges from the investigation of single-cell organisms through to one of the key questions of neurobiology: How do patterns of neuronal activities give rise to complex yet goal-directed behavior?

The Max Planck Research Group “Neurobiology of Magnetoreception” headed by Dr. E. P. Malkemper is offering a

Ph.D. position (m/f/d) in neuroscience

The position is available from January 2020.

We are looking for talented and highly motivated scientists interested in studying the neural circuits underlying the magnetic sense in mammals. More information about the group can be found at research/current-groups/

Project 1:

  • Employ brain clearing methods coupled with lightsheet-microscopy to map the neural circuits involved in magnetic orientation in African mole-rats
  • Perform neuronal tracing to identify the site of the primary magnetoreceptor cells
  • Screen target tissues for magnetoreceptors using a variety of histological techniques (Electron microscopy, Synchrotron-XRF, etc.)

Project 2:

  • Establish single-unit electrophysiological recordings in freely moving animals to investigate the neural circuitry underlying magnetic orientation in the African mole-rat
  • Characterize spatial firing patterns (place cell, HD cells, grid cells, etc.) in different magnetic conditions

What we expect from you:

  • A team-oriented, flexible personality driven by curiosity and ambition
  • A Masters/PhD with a strong background in neuroscience and/or physics.
  • Experience in immunohistochemistry (Project 1)
  • Experience in single-unit recordings from rodent navigation circuits (Project 2)
  • Proficiency in programming languages (Matlab, Python) is preferred.
  • Willingness to work with an unconventional rodent animal model
  • Knowledge of the German language is not a requirement.

What we offer:

  • An exciting international and collaborative environment in a stimulating scientific institute and a new laboratory with state-of-the art equipment.
  • A salary commensurate with the work and according to career stage.
  • Outstanding employee benefits, a family-friendly culture at the institute, flexible working hours.
  • Opportunities for further training/continuing education.

caesar 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. In addition, the research center strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from any background.

How to apply:

Please submit your application, specifiying whether you are applying for Project 1 or 2, at our job portal, linked below.

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Pascal Malkemper, e-mail:

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For further information please contact:

Dr. Pascal Malkemper
Group Leader