PostDoc position in in-vivo electrophysiological neurosciences

Magdeburg, Germany
The employment, salary and employee benefits comply with the collective pay agreement (German TV-L)
Oct 30, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

The Functional Architecture of Memory Department at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg (Germany) headed by Professor Sauvage ( is looking for a highly motivated Post-doctoral candidate with expertise in in-vivo electrophysiological neurosciences for a 3-year postdoctoral position. (PhD candidates with knowledge in single-cell in-vivo electrophysiology are also considered) The position is available immediately (preferred starting date 01.01.2021, flexible for the right candidate).

The funded project focuses on memory consolidation. The department aims at dissociating the contribution of the medial temporal lobe areas to memory in health, aging and in animal models of amnesia. Recent vs very remote memory, memory for time/space/episodes and encoding/retrieval/reconsolidation are studied. Within this frame, we have recently identified new spatial and non-spatial subnetworks segregated along the proximodistal axis of the hippocampus (Nakamura et al, J. Neuroscience, 2013; Beer and Vavra et al, Plos biology, 2018), hypothesized a network shift between the Trisynaptic loop and the Temporoamonic pathways as the memory trace ages (Lux et al, Elife, 2016) and started to depict memory networks supporting reconsolidation (Lux et al, Cerebral cortex, 2017). Techniques include high-order standard or translational humans to rats memory tasks (Sauvage et al, Nature Neuroscience, 2008; Sauvage et al, J. Neuroscience, 2010) combined to lesions, optogenetics, high-resolution molecular imaging (Sauvage et al, J.Neurosc. Methods, 2020) and single-cell in-vivo electrophysiology. fMRI studies in awake rodents (9.4T) and human behavioral studies are also conducted to a lesser extent.

Qualification: The PostDoc candidate should have strong knowledge in in-vivo electrophysiological recording (single unit), behavioral techniques and be highly motivated by interdisciplinary studies.

The group is international (France, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Tadzhikistan, Germany), hence the communication language is English. The group interacts tightly with the Neural Dynamics laboratory (Prof. Yoshida; in-vitro/vivo electrophysiology & computational neurosciences) as well as with many national and international partners including MIT (Boston, USA), RIKEN (Tokyo; Japan), DZNE and MPI (MD and Cologne; Germany). Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

The employment, salary and employee benefits comply with the collective pay agreement (German TV-L). Equal opportunities as well as compatibility of family and work are part of our HR policy. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent occupational aptitude will be considered preferentially.

For informal inquiries about the project, please contact Prof Magdalena Sauvage ( We are looking forward to your application. Please send a single PDF file comprising a cover letter, a CV, a publication list, names and contact of 3 references and a brief statement of motivation and research interests to, reference ID: LIN 2020/FAM01. Applications can be submitted until 30.11.2020.