PhD or Post-doctoral position on sleep

PhD or Postdoctoral position on sleep
Max Planck Institute, Germany

The Max Planck Research Group “Sleep and Waking” (Henrik Bringmann) at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is looking for a PhD student or Postdoc to work on

“mechanisms of sleep control by sleep-active neurons”.

Sleep is essential for the life of all animals. Because of its importance, sleep is tightly controlled. Ultimate goal of our lab is to understand the mechanisms underlying the control of sleep. The group is trying to understand the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms underlying sleep. Despite its simplicity, molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms of sleep control are conserved in this system. Both mammals and C. elegans use conserved sleep-active sleep-promoting neurons to control sleep. Understanding sleep control will require an understanding of sleep-active neurons. Projects will be tailor-fitted to the interests of the prospective lab member and could focus on systems neuroscience aspects of sleep as well as molecular mechanisms and genetics of sleep.
PhD candidates should hold a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in life science and Postdoc candidates should hold a PhD in life science. The applicant should have a strong interest and motivation to solve biological questions.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, a list of publications (if applicable), and contacts of one to three references familiar with the candidate. Please submit all materials in electronic form (as one single PDF file) via e-mail to

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Research Group “Sleep and Waking”
Dr. Henrik Bringmann
Am Fassberg 11
37077 Göttingen


The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.