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




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




until June 2027

Dr. med. Sebastian Wieland (

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

Towards a mechanism-specific

intervention of thalamo-limbic

pain processing

PhD or Postdoc


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)



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





1 year renewable (up to 4)

 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




3-4 years

Name of the PI: Dr. Vijayan Gangadharan


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Neuronal ensembles in

brain pathways in chronic pain

Postdoctoral fellow


As soon as possible

2-4 years

Name of the PI: Rohini Kuner

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