PhD or postdoc position (m/f/x)

Faculty of Medicine - Biomedical Center Munich
Start date
from 15 Nov 2021
Application deadline
31 Oct 2021
Contract duration
The position is initially for two or three years with an option to extend.

Are you curious about the interaction of the immune system and the brain in health and disease? We here offer a PhD or postdoc position to study the cellular and circuit mechanisms of autoimmune encephalitis. Using state-of-the-art in vivo imaging to longitudinally monitor the structure and function of different neuronal types as well as their interaction with immune cells, combined with single cell transcriptomics as well as biomarker search in collaboration with our outpatient clinic, we will explore the nature and causal role of the neuro-immune crosstalk in autoimmune encephalitis.
The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the lab of Prof. Harald Prüss at the Charité and DZNE in Berlin.

Research in the Liebscher lab at the Institute of Neuroimmunology of the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Munich Cluster of Systems Neurology - SyNergy) is centred on the investigating of circuit mechanisms in CNS disorders, using a variety of techniques ranging from biochemical, transcriptional, proteomic and immunohistochemical approaches to behavior, cutting-edge in vivo two-photon calcium imaging and circuit tracing.
We strive to gain insight into the differential vulnerability of cell-types in CNS disorders such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s - , Huntington’s disease and autoimmune encephalitis and how neural networks both at micro- and macroscale are affected across disease stages to further fuel neuronal dysfunction and eventual degeneration.


Ideal candidates should hold a degree in natural sciences, medicine, or physics with a strong background in neuroscience and have prior experience with in vivo two-photon imaging and programming. We are looking for a highly motivated team-player and ‘science geek’ to complement our international team.


Our lab is embedded within an outstanding research environment, encompassing the BioMedical Center, the University hospital, the DZNE, the SyNergy excellence cluster together with the Technical University as well as 2 Max Planck Institutes, all of which allow for access to state-of-the-art technologies, lively scientific exchange and various collaborative opportunities.

Funding is secured for a minimum of 3 years for a PhD candidate and 2 years for a postdoc.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send your application, including your CV, letter of motivation and the names and contact details of at least 2 referees as a single PDF to Dr. Dr. Sabine Liebscher.


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