Vacancy Notice 

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU) is an internationally oriented and regionally networked university with a strong research profile.


Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine) together with the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases seek to fill positions for:

13 PhD Candidates (m/f/d) in Neurobiology of Ageing

Salary scale:
13 TV-L
Date commencing:
next possible date
Fixed term (until):
3 years
Contract status:

We are a university with a focus on engineering and natural sciences as well as economics, human sciences and medicine. We offer excellent study and working conditions to 13,000 students from Germany and abroad as well as approx. 3,000 employees.

The Research Training Group 2413 SynAGE has been established in 2019 to investigate mechanisms of healthy synaptic ageing and is currently in its second funding period. In SynAGE, researchers at different levels of their career (MD, PhD candidates, postdocs, junior and senior PIs) work together in interdisciplinary projects to unravel fundamental mechanisms that maintain synaptic and circuit functions in the ageing brain. SynAGE provides state of the art training in translational research using molecular, cellular and systems as well as cognitive neurobiology.

We currently seek 13 highly motivated PhD candidates.

Requirements profile:

  • You have a university degree (MSc or equivalent) in Neuroscience, Biology, Biochemistry, Psychology or related disciplines
  • You have enthusiasm and dedication for basic and translational research
  • You have a strong motivation to learn new methodologies and the ability to independently plan, conduct and analyse experiments
  • You are a creative and active team player, who is fluent in English

Your benefits:

  • You have the opportunity to pursue a PhD and are supported and promoted accordingly
  • You will be working in an interdisciplinary environment and an international team
  • You have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuroscience and neurotechniques
  • You can expect excellent infrastructure, modern workspaces and very well-equipped labs
  • You will experience strong mentoring, professionalism training and career support

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Dana Zöllner via e-mail: synage(at)

You will benefit from our structures and offerings in the fields of sustainability, diversity, family support and staff development. Our location in the center of a thriving, lively and family-friendly state capital guarantees a high quality of life and a wide range of leisure activities. For more information, please visit

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg is a signatory of the German Diversity Charter. We welcome your application, regardless of gender, cultural and social background, age or sexual orientation. Applications from severely disabled people or people with an equivalent impairment will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional expertise. Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg strongly promotes gender equality in all professional areas.

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Please send your complete application, including cover letter, curriculum vitae and references using the online application portal. Please note that your cover letter MUST contain a statement about your specific research interest. Therefore, please visit our website and select two projects of particular interest to be named in your cover letter.

Applications will be reviewed starting from now until the positions are filled.

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