Research Associate/ Postdoc, Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (CMCB)

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
20 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
03 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), as a University of Excellence, is one of the leading and most dynamic research institutions in the country. The Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) at TUD consists of 25 international research groups working in the field of regeneration across multiple organ systems and diseases, including neural injury and neurodegenerative diseases, hematology, diabetes, and bone regeneration. The CRTD explores the capacity for regeneration of the human body and aims to develop novel regenerative therapies. In order to develop such therapies, the research institute explores mechanisms of tissue repair and stem cell physiology in vivo and in vitro, using different animal models (zebrafish, mouse, axolotl).

TUD embodies a university culture that is characterized by cosmopolitanism, mutual appreciation, thriving innovation and active participation. For TUD, diversity is an essential feature and a quality criterion of an excellent university. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants who would like to commit themselves, their achievements and productivity to the success of the whole institution.

At the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD), an institute of the Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (CMCB), the Chair of Neural Development and Regeneration (Prof. Catherina Becker), offers a project position as

Research Associate/ Postdoc (m/f/x)
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

Start date is negotiable, but can be as soon as possible. The position is funded by the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation and will initially be limited until June 30, 2026 with the option for extension. The period of employment is governed by § 2 (2) Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz - WissZeitVG).

Tasks: Zebrafish, in contrast to humans, regenerate new neurons after spinal injury (e.g. Cavone et al., Dev Cell 2021). Making full use of the transparency and genetic accessibility of the zebrafish model, we can now elucidate how new neurons integrate into the spinal network. The postdoc will analyse the fate of new neurons using our genetic lineage tracing system, high-resolution video-microscopy, and electrophysiology together with CRTD’ s newly established core facility. This will lead to fundamental insights into the mechanisms of how new neurons can repair a damaged network and provide targets for future interventions in non-regenerating species.

Requirements: university degree and PhD degree in biology or related fields, high motivation, and expertise in at least one of the following areas in any model species:

  • generation of genetic animal models;
  • in-vivo imaging and time-lapse microscopy;
  • in-vivo electrophysiology;
  • neuroanatomy and histology.

The international Center operates in English and therefore good knowledge of both spoken and written English is a requirement.
Informal enquiries should be directed to

TUD strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressely encourage women to apply. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment. Please submit your application including a CV, statement of motivation, and the names of at least 2 academic referees by March 3, 2023 (stamped arrival date applies) preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf document to or by mail to: 
TU Dresden, CRTD, Professur für Neuronale Entwicklung und Regeneration, Frau Prof. Catherina Becker, Fetscherstraße 105, 01307 Dresden. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed. 

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