Call for applications for the “Junior Career Research Stipend´´ for students of Medicine or Biology

Apply by December 10th, 2023

The Heidelberg Pain Consortium (SFB 1158), funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), encourages the applications for the stipend as personal funding ad personum for the student. This 6-month (40 hours/month) stipend will be provided to support meritorious medical students, with interest particularly in pain research, over the period of their MD thesis in 2024.We can also support master’s student for the period of their master’s thesis. The students will have the opportunity to work in an international scientific environment providing support for developing their career.

The SFB 1158 Consortium ‘From nociception to chronic pain: Structure-function properties of neural pathways and their reorganisation’ was established in Heidelberg, Germany in July 2015 and is currently in its third funding period. Nineteen multidisciplinary scientific projects involving forty two groups spanning diverse top-class clinical and basic research institutions make this a remarkably vibrant and comprehensive collaborative centre.

Research in this consortium 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 and negative emotions. Optimization or development of new strategies that serve as a basis for therapeutic interventions against chronic pain will be a strong focus.

How to apply: The interested candidate has to write a research proposal (maximally 2 pages) and may contact the PI of the project for additional information. The candidate can apply only for one project. The application documents should include the proposal and CV including grades from key exams (for e.g. Abitur and Physikum for MD students).

Please send the application documents exclusively to: sfb1158office@pharma.uni-heidelberg.de.

The following projects are available:

Project
(please click on the link in the title to view and download the PDF)

Contact

1: Tackling the role of vasopressin in modulation of fear and pain

valery.grinevich@zi-mannheim.de
quirin.krabichler@zi-mannheim.de

2: Investigating momentary mechanisms and heart rate variability in a sample of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain: An experience sampling study

Ulrich.reininghaus@zi-mannheim.de

3Effect of neuronal sphingolipid accumulation on mitochondrial mobility and function as contributor to peripheral denervation and pain in Fabry disease

ueceyler_n@ukw.de

4: Evaluation of sepsis survivors with chronic intensive care-related pain to develop preventive strategies and treatments

beatrice.oehler@med.uni-heidelberg.de

5: Structural alterations in chronic musculoskeletal pain and relationship with affective factors

heike.tost@zi-mannheim.de

 

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).

Title of the position (for more information, please click on the title to download the PDF):

Job position:

Application deadline:

Starting date:

Contract length:

Contact details:

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 (beatrice.oehler@uni-heidelberg.de)


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

Desensitizing trauma-induced

plasticity using psychotherapy-

like treatments in female mice

PhD

31.03.2024

immediately

until June 2027

Dr. med. Sebastian Wieland (Sebastian.wieland@med.uni-heidelberg.de)


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

30.09.2023

Fall / Winter 2023

3+ years

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Heike Tost (heike.tost@zi-mannheim.de)

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 (amit.agarwal@uni-heidelberg.de)


 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)

 renewable (up to 4)Dr. Jamila Andoh (jamila.andoh@zi-mannheim.de)


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

Email address:vijayan.gangadharan@ddz.de


Website of your institute/department: https://ddz.de/en/research/institute-for-vascular-and-islet-cell-biology/junior-research-group-preclinical-diabetic-neuropathy/

Neuronal ensembles in

brain pathways in chronic pain

Postdoctoral fellow

31.10.2023

As soon as possible

2-4 years

Name of the PI: Rohini Kuner

Email address: sfb1158office@pharma.uni-heidelberg.de


Website of your institute/department: www.sfb1158.de