jeudi 6 octobre 2016

Postdoctoral position available

The Department of Behavioural Biology in the School of Biology / Chemistry of the University of Osnabrück, invites applications for a

Postdoctoral position in Behavioural Neuroscience
(Salary grade 13 TV-L, 100 %)
Contract duration is initially 3 years and can be extended to up to 5 years. The position should be filled at the earliest date possible.
Project Aims and Assignments:
We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in behavioural neuroscience, studying the mechanisms regulating stress reactivity and emotionality in laboratory mice within the recently established Research Group of Professor Dr. Chadi Touma at the University of Osnabrück.
In the context of different biomedical approaches, our experimental research utilising clinically relevant animal models is aiming to elucidate neurobiological, endocrine and molecular genetic mechanisms underlying affective disorders such as major depression. We have a strong expertise in behavioural neuroendocrinology and seek to extend our research into investigating the molecular underpinnings of key endophenotypes at the genetic, epigenetic, proteomic, metabolomic and systemic level.
Besides a strong interest and publication record in behavioural neuroscience, applicants should have a profound background in molecular neurobiology, including DNA, RNA and protein biochemistry, immunocytochemistry, histochemistry and neuroanatomy (adequate laboratory experience in establishing and running these techniques is required). Firm knowledge in study design, statistical analysis and experience working with laboratory rodent models under SPF conditions is expected.
Candidates should be highly motivated, ambitious and able to work independently. Working as member of a team as well as commitment to teaching is expected, including supervising graduate and undergraduate students in the lab. Successful applicants will play an important role in the design and implementation of our biomedical research utilising a genetic animal model of affective disorders: the Stress Reactivity mouse lines, selectively bred for profound differences in the responsiveness of the HPA axis.
Applicants must have a PhD in Biology or equivalent discipline and should possess excellent writing and communication skills as well as a strong work ethic.
We offer excellent working conditions in an open, international and challenging environment at the newly established Department of Behavioural Biology. More information about our research group can be found at the website of the University of Osnabrück (
The position includes a 3-year contract (E13 TV-L) according to the employment rules of Lower Saxony; prolongation of the contract for up to five years is possible.
The position is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Osnabrück University has been certified as a family-friendly university committed to helping working/studying parents and careers balance their family and work life.

The university aspires to ensure equal opportunities for men and women and strives to work towards a gender balance in schools or departments where new appointments are made.

If equally qualified candidates apply, preference will be given to those with special needs.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submit (preferably by e-mail, printed documents and folders cannot be returned) a letter of motivation including a description of work experience and career goals, Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact information of three academic references until October 26, 2016 to the dean of the School of Biology/Chemistry Prof. Dr. Achim Paululat (

For informal inquiries please contact Prof. Dr. Chadi Touma ( or telephone: +49 541 969 3496).