Job #2019-J02 closed since February 14, 2019

Research Assistant Position (m/f) in Brain Microcircuits in Psychiatric Diseases

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The “Brain Microcircuits in Psychiatric Diseases” team is headed by Dr. Michal Slezak. The main aim of the group is to understand biological correlates of phenotypes related to human psychiatric diseases. Our team employs advanced genetic, computational and physiological approaches to understand the mechanisms underlying glial cell contribution to the dysfunction of neuronal networks. In particular, we model biological phenotypes of the diseased brain using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) – derived neuro-glia co-cultures.

The position

We are looking for a highly enthusiastic researcher to strengthen our interdisciplinary team with her/his technical excellence. The ideal candidate is a self-driven and independently thinking scientist with a degree in cell biology, neurobiology or biochemistry and a strong background in neuronal and/or iPSC-derived cell culture systems. You will contribute to an internationally competitive research group employing state-of-the-art genetic approaches with advanced molecular and physiological readouts of cell functions. You will be responsible for differentiating iPSCs towards glial and neuronal lineages and their genetic modification. Furthermore, you will be involved in a systematic analysis of the resulting phenotypes using biochemical approaches and functional imaging. Throughout the project you will be offered a friendly support by leading scientists from the industry and academia.

Required skills

  • MSc in the area of cell biology, developmental biology, neuroscience or related discipline
  • Hands-on experience in maintenance and characterization of iPSCs
  • Hands-on experience in obtaining and maintenance of glial or neuronal cell cultures
  • Very good work organization skills
  • Experienced to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Excellent communication skills in English

Additional preferred skills

  • Immunocytochemistry and quantitative image analysis
  • Molecular biology techniques (cloning, qPCR, Western blot)
  • Functional studies in cell-based systems (functional imaging, electrophysiology)
  • Genetic manipulation in cell systems (transfection, viral vectors, CRISPR/Cas9)

Candidates are requested to submit

  • 1-page cover letter explaining the reasons of interest to join our team
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining scientific interests, research achievements, a record of publications, future personal goals and extra-scientific passions
  • 1 reference letter

What we offer

The post is offered for a limited term until 31 July 2020. BioMed X is a multidisciplinary and international research institution with a very collegial and flexible working environment. As part of the remuneration package we offer a competitive salary, access to training and lecture courses in house as well as in neighboring research institutions on the Life Science Campus in Heidelberg. Team recognition events, such as our annual two-day retreat, joint luncheons and after work events, a Summer and a Christmas party are just some of the other perks our fellows enjoy.

The position is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

The position is available as of 01 March 2019. Please submit your application to the attention of Dr. Michal Slezak before 14 February 2019 via the online application system on this website. Applicants will be interviewed upon incoming documents, hence please get in touch as soon as you decide to apply.


BioMed X Innovation Center

Im Neuenheimer Feld 515
69120 Heidelberg

Contact: Dr. Michal Slezak

Phone: +49 6221 4261163