Our mission as research center: Discover personalized medical solutions for environmentally triggered diseases to promote a healthier society in a rapidly changing world.

The Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (Helmholtz-Institut für Metabolismus-, Adipositas- und Gefäßforschung, HI-MAG) at the University of Leipzig aims at uncovering the molecular underpinnings of metabolic, obesity and vascular disorders to enable precision therapies. HI-MAG is part of Helmholtz Munich. As one of the world’s leading research institutes, Helmholtz Munich is a highly driven and stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure, you will have the opportunity to make important contributions towards scientific knowledge and the improvement of people’s quality of life.

Are you looking for a postdoc position in systems neuroscience? Join us at the JAIS lab at HI-MAG in Leipzig! Our research focuses on the dissection of neurocircuitries activated by palatable, energy-dense food.

Postdoc in Central Nervous System Control of Glucose Homeostasis (f/m/x) 101829

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Your responsibilities

A considerable amount of evidence points to a pivotal role for the central nervous system (CNS) in the regulation of glucose homeostasis.
To gain new knowledge on the CNS-dependent regulation of glucose homeostasis, you will investigate the role of a specific population of hypothalamic neurons in control of glucose homeostasis. Therefore, you will employ a diverse array of modern molecular systems neuroscience tools, mouse genetics and viral targeting approaches to determine the short- and long-term consequences of the activity of these neurons and to unravel how these neurons are regulated.

Your qualifications

We are looking for a highly motivated, dedicated and independent candidate with the following skillsets

  • PhD with research experience in a relevant field and a strong interest in CNS-dependent control of glucose homeostasis
  • Experience with animal models is mandatory
  • Knowledge of stereotactic surgery in rodents is a plus
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English

What we offer you

work-life balance
flexible working hours & working-time models
continuous education and training
30 days annual leave
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Leipzig is one of the most diverse and liveliest cities in Germany, renowned for a high quality of life. The city provides a unique mix of history, culture, industry and creativity to its residents, while the regional lakes and forests offer exceptional recreational opportunities. The city of Leipzig has a diverse and integrated scientific landscape, which provides the impetus to drive research and creativity forwards.

Provided that the prerequisites are fulfilled, a salary level up to E 13 is possible. Social benefits are based on the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD). The position is (initially) limited to four years, under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

To promote diversity, we welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion and age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we require further documents from you regarding the recognition of the degree. Please request the recognition as early as possible.

If you have further questions, simply contact Alexander Jais,, who will be happy to be of assistance.
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research
Philipp-Rosenthal-Str. 27

04103 Leipzig

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