11 PhD Positions in Neuroscience

at Graduiertenkolleg GRK1957 „Adipocyte-Brain Crosstalk“, University of Lübeck

Research Projects
The DFG-funded Graduiertenkolleg 1957 studies the effects of adipose tissue hormones on CNS function and in turn, the control of adipose tissue physiology by the brain. We are looking for highly motivated candidates for the following PhD projects. Tentative start: May 2017.

  1. Identification of leptin transporters at the blood-brain barrier (supervisor: Markus Schwaninger)
  2. Effect of adipokines/cytokines on HIF-1 regulated astrocyte glucose metabolism (Olaf Jöhren)
  3. Relevance of central TRH neurons for regulation of fat browning and brown adipose tissue activity (Helge Müller-Fielitz & Markus Schwaninger)
  4. Adipocyte-brain communication after deep brain stimulation (Norbert Brüggemann & Britta Wilms)
  5. Crosstalk of dopamine and thyroid hormone signaling in the control of thermogenic adipose tissue (Jens Mittag & Alexander Iwen)
  6. Circadian regulation of brown adipose tissue activity in humans (Sebastian Schmid)
  7. A systems level approach to modulation of adipocyte-brain crosstalk by transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (Thomas Münte & Swantje Brede)
  8. Nesfatin-1’s effects on energy homeostasis: dissecting the role of PVN and NTS oxytocin neurons (Hendrik Lehnert & Carla Schulz)
  9. Epigenetic modulation of behavioral rhythms after bariatric surgery (Henriette Kirchner & Henrik Oster)
  10. Adipokine regulation of circadian clocks in hypothalamic neurons (Henrik Oster)
  11. Animal models of obesity/diabetes: Influence of the angiotensin system on neurovascular coupling and memory formation (Walter Raasch & Michael Bader)

Learn more about project descriptions and experiment methods

Our Offer

  • 3-year employment contract, salaries according to German civil service tariff TV-L 13, 65% 
  • All research groups are located at the Center of Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM) with state-of-the-art lab facilities incl. MRT scanner, metabolic core unit, LC-MS, microscopy
  • Comprehensive academic support, e.g. subject-specific courses, skills training, funding for research stays abroad, individual career coaching 


  • Research-based master's degree or equivalent (e.g. Diplom) passed with an above-average grade in natural sciences, preferably in biology, molecular life science, neuroscience, nutrition & biomedicine, pharmacology or a related subject 
  • Excellent English language skills in speaking and writing 
  • Pro-active attitude, good communication skills and ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team 

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2016Please DO NOT send applications via email to individual PIs. Such emails cause severe disturbances in the daily work and will not be considered. Only online applications will be accpted. Please carefully read the formal requirements before completing the online application form. 


GRK1957 Office, chaoqun.jiang(at)uni-luebeck.de