PhD Student (gn)

Departments of Anesthesiology and Clinical Radiology

The Departments of Anesthesiology and Clinical Radiologyare offering a PhD position initially limited to 3 years:

PhD Student (gn*)
Ref. 04971

Part-time with 65%
Salary according to TV-L13

(*gn= gender neutral)

A position is available for a graduate student to participate in a joint project with the Department of Anesthesiology, and the Translational Research Imaging Center (TRIC) at the University Hospital Münster, Germany. In this project, we will study sex-differences of pain processing in mouse pain models. We are specifically interested in investigating peripheral and spinal signaling pathways and changes in cerebral networks in clinically relevant acute and chronic pain using cutting-edge in vivo multimodal imaging. Methods will include functional MRI, fMRI in combination with optogenetics and/or Ca2+ recordings, resting state fMRI, and brain network analysis based on Graph Theory. Additionally, routine biochemical and immune-histochemical assays will be applied as needed.

The Translational Research Group (Dpt. of Anesthesiology) is focused on behavioral as well as in vivo neurophysiological studies related to pain mechanisms and the Experimental MR group within the TRIC has a longstanding focus on neuro- and multimodal imaging. Together, our labs will perform in vivo imaging studies using fMRI and in vivo optogenetics.

The candidate should have a MSc degree in Biology, Physics, Veterinary medicine, Psychiatry or related subject, strong interest in Neuroscience, interest in method development/refinement; ideally, prior experience in fMRI or neurophysiology, very good English skills in both speaking and writing.

Available instrumentation:

9.4 T MRI system (Biospec with cryoprobe); setups for in vivo behavioral testing, optogenetic stimulation and in vivo electrophysiological recordings; labs equipped for biochemistry and histology; computer server for data analysis and simulations;

Access to setups and instrumentation in other groups: in vitro patch clamp recordings; DIA-mass spectrometry; fluorescence reflectance imaging system (with X-ray); fluorescence tomography; small animal PET and small animal Micro-CT.

For any questions, please contact Dr. Bruno Pradier (pradier(at)­uni-muenster(dot)­de), Prof. E. Pogatzki-Zahn (pogatzki(at)­anit.uni-muenster(dot)­de), and Prof. C. Faber (faberc(at)­uni-muenster(dot)­de). For further information, please refer to

Please send your application (including the above reference number) with all relevant information (CV, cover letter) until 15.07.2020 to Personalgewinnung des Universitätsklinikums Münster, Bewerbermanagement, Domagkstraße 5, 48149 Münster or via e-mail (PDF-file, max. 5 MB) to Bewerbung(at)­ukmuenster(dot)­de

Applications of women are specifically invited. In the case of similar qualification, competence, and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. Handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

The University Hospital of Münster is one of the leading hospitals in Germany. Such a position cannot be achieved by size and medical successes alone. The individual commitment counts above all. We need your commitment so that even with little things we can achieve great things for our patients. There are many possibilities open for you so that you may develop with them.



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