PhD Student at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany

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Location: Mainz, Germany

The Institute of Pathophysiology of the University Medical Center at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz is looking for a PhD student in Neuroscience, for a research group headed by Dr. Shimpei Ishiyama.

The 'Neurogelotology' laboratory investigates the neuronal basis of fun emotion associated with ticklish laughter in rats (Ishiyama & Brecht, 2016 Science). The aim of the project is to understand how tickle tactile stimuli are converted into fun emotional processing in the brain. The group is interested also in what makes specific body parts, i.e. the trunk in rats and the armpit in human, more ticklish. To this end, the group analyze neuronal activity and vocalizations during playful tickle interaction. The tasks of the student include the following.

Lab work

  • Building and maintaining a setup
  • Handling and tickling rats/mice
  • Implanting tetrode microdrive
  • In vivo freely moving electrophysiological recording
  • Microinjection
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Optogenetic stimulation

Analytical work

  • Spike sorting and clustering
  • Video analysis
  • Ultrasonic vocalization analysis
  • Histological analysis
  • Developing custom software and database

For further information, please contact Dr. Shimpei Ishiyama ([email protected]).

The position is available after July 2019 for up to 4 years. Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (TV-L E13 65%). The job location is Mainz, Germany. They will provide support on experiments, analyses, and writing the doctoral thesis, manuscripts and grant applications. Students with third party-funded scholarship are appreciated.

The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz seeks to increase the number of female personnel in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

The Candidate

Applicants should have completed or be expected to complete a Master degree in neuroscience, biology, medicine or related fields. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with a high level of organizational skills, analytical skills, communication skills, creativity, patience, and ambition to work in a competitive research environment. Previous experience with in vivo electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, viral tracing, handling rats, and analyses such as spike sorting or behavioral quantification is not required but an advantage. Programming skills in MATLAB, Python and MySQL are also plus.

How to Apply

If you are interested, please send a cover letter stating research interests, CV and two recommendation letters to [email protected] The official interview will be held after July 2019.

Dr. Shimpei Ishiyama

Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Institut für Pathophysiologie


[email protected]

Please mention that you found this job on the Scientifica website when applying.

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