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The Institute of Integrative Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Doctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 65%)

starting October 2022 or thereafter. We are offering a fixed-term position (65% FTE) for 3 years with the possibility of an extension to pursue a PhD project. Full-time employees are required to teach 4 hours per week during the semester.

The polarized transport of organelles is essential to establish and maintain the complex architecture of the mammalian neocortex. Defects in intracellular transport disrupt cortical development and lead to neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. We are investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of intracellular transport during neuronal development in primary cultures of neurons. In particular, we are interested in understanding how the transport of vesicles is regulated, and linked to neuronal differentiation. The focus is on the functional analysis of factors regulating intracellular transport and exocytosis. The project includes the development of optogenetic tools and genetically encoded sensors to analyze intracellular transport and membrane dynamics by live cell imaging.

Your tasks:

  • development and implementation of a PhD project in the research field outlined above
  • contributing to the working group’s research projects and proposals
  • contributing to the supervision of B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses


Our expectations:

  • A graduate degree in life or natural sciences (i.e. a master’s degree) is required.
  • Experience in cell culture or molecular biology.
  • Good command of written and spoken English is required.
  •  Experience in life cell imaging or the culture of neurons would be an advantage but is not required

The University of Münster is one of the leading institutions in the field of Life Sciences in Germany. The successful candidate will join a dynamic international team of dedicated scientists and will benefit from
a very collaborative environment. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an interest in understanding fundamental questions of neurobiology at the molecular and cellular level. The project will employ molecular, cell biological and genetic techniques in combination with life cell imaging to study differentiation in cultured neurons.

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or ideology, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Andreas Püschel at

Applications including a detailed CV, copies of course certificates and a description of the scientific background can be sent by e-mail to Prof. Andreas Püschel at until 31 August 2022.