Twelve PhD (ESR) and three Post-doc (ER) positions are available in the European Marie Curie initial training network (ITN) ‘NPlast’

NPlast is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the 7th EU Framework Program. The consortium consists of seven research groups and four partners from industry in six European countries (Coordinator: Michael R. Kreutz, Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany). The network will provide PhD training for twelve ESRs and postdoctoral training for three ERs in projects that are aimed to elucidate mechanisms of neuronal plasticity relevant to neuropsychiatric disorders including neurodegeneration and dementia. The research projects and the training program provided by the consortium cover a broad spectrum of disorders and interventions ranging from synaptopathies and trafficking deficiencies to Alzheimer’s disease, and from altering degenerative gene expression programs to manipulations of the extracellular matrix to preserve or restore synaptic function. The NPlast ITN offers an excellent predoctoral and postdoctoral training environment. NPlast has implemented state of the art methodologies ranging from live-cell imaging, next generation sequencing, quantitative synaptic proteome profiling, optogenetics, computer simulation and neuroinformatics to train PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in key technologies to study neuronal plasticity in health and disease. For more information about single projects see table below and description of labs and project unter the 'consortium' item.

The ESRs will be hired for 36 months starting from the 1st of April, ERs for 24 months starting from the 1st of October. Salary will be according to EU regulations (Marie Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher / Experienced Researchers).

Eligibility criteria: ESR applicants should not have obtained a PhD and should have less than 4 years of research experience. ER applicants should be in the first 5 years of their research careers and already in possession of a doctoral degree. For all applicants the EU rules of mobility will apply. Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main research activity in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

The NPlast ITN seeks to increase the number of female personnel in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The NPlast ITN is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Applicants should submit via Email: (i) a detailed cover letter outlining their previous research experience and future interests, (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) scanned copies of degree certificates, and (iv) the names and Email addresses of two references. The letter should be sent by Email to the chosen primary supervisor AND to the Project Manager of the NPlast network (Christina Spilker, PhD, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For more information about single projects see description of labs and project unter the 'consortium' item.

12 positions for ESRs (PhD students)


ESR


Host Institution
/ Country / Contact


Research project (title)


Project start


Status

ESR1

ProBiodrug - Germany
Prof. Demuth

N-terminally ragged and modified  peptides – generated by multiple proteolytic pathways leading to protein misfolding

01.04.2012

filled

ESR2

LIN – Germany
Dr. Fejtova
Prof. Gundelfinger

Investigations on the transition from the physiological to the pathophysiological function of

01.04.2012

filled

ESR3

University of
Edinburgh
- UK
Prof. Cousin

Synaptic vesicle biogenesis in activity-dependent bulk endocytosis

01.04.2012

filled

ESR4

University of Geneva – Switzerland
Prof. Holtmaat

Synapse dynamics in synaptopathies
in vivo

01.04.2012

filled

ESR5

Utrecht University – The Netherlands
Prof. Hoogenraad

External control of synaptic
cargo transport

01.04.2012

filled

ESR6

LIN – Germany
Dr. Frischknecht
Dr. Heine

Regulation of ambient glutamate by ECM and glutamate transporters

01.04.2012

filled

ESR7

Ecole Normale Supérieure – France
Dr. Specht
Prof. Triller

Regulation of Glycine Receptor (GlyR) dynamics during central sensitization
in neuropathic pain

01.04.2012

filled

ESR8

LIN – Germany
Dr. Kreutz
Prof. Reymann

Synapse-to-nucleus
communication in AD

01.04.2012

filled

ESR9

Institut du Fer-à-Moulin – France
Prof. Girault

Role of nuclear DARPP-32 in the long-term plasticity of striatal neurons

01.04.2012

filled

ESR10

University of Edinburgh – UK
Prof. Hardingham

Control of neuronal antioxidant defences through synergistic transcriptional changes in neurons
and astrocytes

01.04.2012

filled

ESR11

ReMYND – Belgium
Dr. Tanghe
Dr. Terwel

Improving clinical translatability of transgenic AD mouse models

01.04.2012

filled

ESR12

UMC UTRECHT – The Netherlands
Dr. Pasterkamp

Novel mouse genetics approaches for dissecting dopaminergic pathway development and disease

01.04.2012

filled

 

3 positions for ERs (postdocs)


ER


Host Institution
/ Country / Contact


Research project (title)


Project start


Status

ER1

University of Geneva – Switzerland
Prof. Muller

Alterations of synaptic structure, function and dynamics in animal models of 22q11.2

01.09.2012

filled

ER2

LIN – Germany
Dr. Kreutz
Prof. Gundelfinger

Activity-dependent dynamics of synaptic and nuclear protein content

01.10.2012

filled

ER3

IFOR ETH – Switzerland
Dr. Haus
Prof. Weismantel

Representations of associations and implications for synaptic
signaling networks

01.10.2012

filled