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The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) investigates the causes of diseases of the nervous system and develops strategies for prevention, treatment and care. It is an institution within the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres with nine sites across Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttin­gen, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen and Witten). The DZNE cooperates closely with universities, their clinics and other research facilities.
The DZNE in Rostock/Greifswald offers a position as

PhD student (f/m)
Code 9015/2017/4

Your tasks:
The clinical dementia research group of the DZNE-Rostock is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to work on an innovative third-party funded project aiming to elucidate molecular properties underlying the distinct spatial distribution profiles of Alzheimer's disease pathology in the aging brain. This interdisciplinary research project involves working with multimodal neuroimaging data (MRI and PET) as well as with high-throughput microarray-based measurements of regional cerebral gene expression. The PhD student will primarily analyze existing multimodal neuroimaging and microarray-based gene expression data using neuroimaging-specific and bioinformatic software tools implemented within Matlab and R computing environments.
The project collaborates with partners from the Institute of Biostatistics of the University Rostock Medical Center and the Gordon Center for Medical Imaging, Harvard Medical School. The position holder will be given the opportunity to present the research findings on international conferences and will be assisted in preparing manuscripts for scientific publication. The position is initially funded for 2 years with the possibility of extension for another year depending on performance and funding.
Your profile:
  • Degree (MSc or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields.
  • Interest in pursuing a scientific career in clinical neuroscience
  • Enthusiastic individual with strong problem solving skills
  • Familiarity with computing environments such as Matlab and R
  • Fluent in English and good oral and written communication skills
  • Previous experience with analysis of neuroimaging and/or high-throughput gene expression data
For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Michel Grothe (, Tel.: +49 381 494 9471).
We offer:
  • An interesting and challenging task in a research center that works on the future topics of health research
  • An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research
  • A high potential for the individual development of our
  • Targeted personnel development
  • The position is initially funded for 2 years with the possibility of extension for another year depending on performance and funding.
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes
You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. The DZNE is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.
Please send your full application documents as a single file document to:

Published on on date 4 May 2017
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