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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 Neuronal Regulation of Energy Homeostasis (f/m/x) 101828

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Your responsibilities

The consumption of palatable, energy-dense food facilitates over-eating via central nervous system (CNS)-dependent mechanisms. The research of our group "Diet-Induced Metabolic Alterations" is focused on providing detailed insights into neurocircuitries activated by palatable, energy-dense food. We are using molecular and systems neuroscience approaches to define the anatomical distribution, molecular signature and neurocircuitry architecture of these neurons. We are looking for a postdoc who will be characterizing the role of specific neurons in the preoptic area of the hypothalamus in control of energy homeostasis in general and brown adipose tissue function in particular. The research will involve a diverse array of modern molecular systems neuroscience tools, mouse genetics and viral targeting approaches.

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 energy 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 3 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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