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:

The following projects are available:

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1: Tackling the role of vasopressin in modulation of fear and
2: Investigating momentary mechanisms and heart rate variability in a sample of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain: An experience sampling
3: Effect of neuronal sphingolipid accumulation on mitochondrial mobility and function as contributor to peripheral denervation and pain in Fabry
4: Evaluation of sepsis survivors with chronic intensive care-related pain to develop preventive strategies and
5: Structural alterations in chronic musculoskeletal pain and relationship with affective