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The Goethe University Frankfurt, positioned among the top international research universities, offers a wide variety of academic programmes, a diverse group of research institutes, and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. Today, the Goethe University is the only university in Germany which enjoys significant public funding alongside administrative autonomy and the ability to create a private endowment. Situated in Germany’s most cosmopolitan and international city, the university attracts a diverse body of students and researchers from around the world and is with about 46.000 students and 4.600 employees the biggest university in Hessen.


The Group of “Neuro and Vascular Development” (Prof. Dr. Amparo Acker-Palmer) at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main invites applications for an ERC-funded                       


Postdoctoral Position
(E13 TV-G-U)


This position is initially available as early as possible until December 31st, 2018.

The wage classification conforms to the job characteristics of the collective agreement applicable to the Goethe-University.


Our group is part of the Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, of the Cluster of Excellence “Macromolecular Complexes” and of the Institute of Biosciences, located at the Campus Riedberg. The Institute is composed of nineteen scientific groups from various disciplines including biology, physics, chemistry, and medicine. We are dedicated to basic research with biomedical relevance, to train young scientists, and to develop frontier technologies in life sciences.


The Acker-Palmer Group investigates the molecular signals that coordinate the development and plasticity of the neurovascular interface. We are using a combination of state-of-the-art inducible and cell type-specific genetics, both in mouse and zebrafish, together with confocal and two-photon light microscopy, tissue explants, cell culture, proteomics and biochemical assays (see Nature Communications 6: 6576, Developmental Cell 28: 381-393, Neuron 84: 370-85, Nature 472: 356-60/478:274, Nature 465: 487–491, Nature Neuroscience 11: 1035-1043, Nature Neuroscience 10: 301-310). From our insights into basic molecular mechanisms, we hope to develop novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases. Please visit our website for more details on our research.


Your task:

You will work in a dynamic international team to study the neurovascular crosstalk in the zebrafish brain using genetics and state-of-the-art imaging.


Your qualifications:

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced scientist, with a PhD in natural sciences and ideally with solid experience in neurobiology in zebrafish and in acquisition and analysis of imaging data. Good knowledge of the retinotectal pathway is preferred. Experience in molecular biology methods and zebrafish genetics, including CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis and Tol2 transgenesis is a plus. Excellent knowledge of the English language (spoken and written) is required.


We offer:

We offer excellent facilities to conduct cutting-edge research in an international team atmosphere. You will collaborate with internal and external partners. You will participate in tailored interdisciplinary training and a framework of common scientific activities. The laboratory is affiliated with the Max Planck Institute of Brain Research in Frankfurt through the Max Planck Fellow program.



Please submit your application, containing a cover letter that states your experience and motivation and your curriculum vitae to: (c/o Prof. Dr. Acker-Palmer, Fachbereich Biowissenschaften, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main).


Women are specifically invited to apply within the frame of the equal opportunity program.The Goethe University is committed to give preference to handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications. The limitation of the contract is based upon the regulations of the “Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz” in conjunction with the “Hessischen Hochschulgesetz”.



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