Open Phd and Postdoc positions to study Neural Circuits of Pain in Heidelberg, Germany

The Heidelberg Pain Consortium (SFB 1158) ‘From nociception to chronic pain: Structure-function properties of neural pathways and their reorganisation’ was established in Heidelberg, Germany in July 2015. Twenty multidisciplinary projects involving forty one groups spanning diverse top-class clinical and basic research institutions make this a remarkably vibrant and comprehensive collaborative centre.

Research in this collaborative research centre (CRC) promises to deliver a structural and functional understanding of circuits and networks underlying sensory and affective components of pain and their modulation by circumstances which induce structural reorganization and functional plasticity, including disease states, negative emotions and stress. A mechanistic analysis of chronic neuropathic pain of peripheral and central origin in rodent models and in human patients, serving as a basis for therapeutic interventions, will be a strong focus. Particularly, the next 4 years will be focused on developing therapeutic interventions in clinical and preclinical contexts.

In this consortium, we serve the academic colleagues by supporting initiatives that are of strategic importance for the research and development of the CRC. We are strongly committed to support the young researchers at an early career stage via mentoring, developing their soft-skills, providing a networking environment and financial aid for the exchange and development of ideas. We facilitate internationalization of young researchers by actively connecting them with acclaimed international scientists around the world. We strongly believe in equity and diversity in research environment and promoting work-life balance of our scientists.

The following positions are currently open for applications. For more information and to apply, please contact the respective principal investigator(s).

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Interactions between nociceptive and non-nociceptive circuits: intranasal lidocaine to treat primary and secondary headache

PhD  31.08.2023  immediately  3 years 

Dr. Beatrice Oehler ()

Heidelberg University Hospital, Dept. of Anaesthesiology, Heidelberg, Germany (Website)

Desensitizing trauma-induced plasticity using psychotherapy-like treatments in female mice  PhD 30.09.2023 immediately until June 2027

Dr. med. Sebastian Wieland ()

Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology, Department for Functional Neuroanatomy, Heidelberg, Germany (Website)

Functional and structural plasticity following spinal cord injury: contributions to chronic central neuropathic pain  PhD 31.03.2024 Summer 2024 3 years

Dr. Radhika Puttagunta ()

University Heidelberg Hospital, Spinal Cord Injury Center, Experimental Neuroregeneration Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany (Website)

Towards a mechanism-specific intervention of thalamo-limbic pain processing PhD or Postdoc 30.09.2023 Fall / Winter 2023 3+ years

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Heike Tost ()

Central Institute of Mental Health, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Mannheim, Germany (Website)

Glial adrenergic receptors as targets for the treatment of neuropathic pain

PhD positions

(2-3 candidates)

31.08.2023 01.10.2023 4 years

Dr. Amit Agarwal (), Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology, Heidelberg, Germany (Website)

Dr. Manuela Simonetti (), Institute for Pharmacology, Heidelberg, Germany (Website)

Neuroscience / Computational neuroscience Postdoc 30.09.2023 immediately 1 year renewable (up to 4) Dr. Jamila Andoh ()Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany (Website)
Multi-scale analysis of structural reorganization of secondary motor cortex PhD 31.10.2023 Immediately 3-4 years

Name of the PI: Dr. Vijayan Gangadharan
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