Bayern, Germany
Date Posted
19 Dec 2024

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PhD Project
International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology

PhD position on Early Sexual Development of the Chicken Brain

Bayern, Germany
19 Dec 2024

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Position Description

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology offers several fully-funded PhD positions. The IMPRS is based in southern Germany and is jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen and Radolfzell and the University of Konstanz. Outstanding students of all nationalities with a deep commitment to basic research in Organismal Biology are invited to apply.
All students accepted to the program will be supported by stipends or contracts. The program offers a dedicated teaching program, high quality research experience, and outstanding research facilities in an inspiring research and living environment. The working language is English. Each PhD student receives individual supervision and mentoring and is guided in her/his research work by a PhD advisory committee.

Project abstract: Sexual dimorphic brain structures and related behaviours are common among vertebrates including birds. However, the early development of such brain structures is not well understood. Birds are advantageous for this study since they allow easy access to the developing embryo in the egg. In this PhD-project we shall analyze the developing chicken brain using transgenic chicken models. Thus, this project is mainly an anatomical and molecular study that uses state of the art microscopical techniques and state-of-art gene expression techniques.
Main advisor Manfred Gahr, MPIO Seewiesen

Applicants should hold a MSc or equivalent degree in biology or a related discipline at the point of enrollment.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, it is strongly recommended to do this via the webpage of the International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology ( Deadline of application is January 15th, 2015. Interviews with the applicants are scheduled for Mid-March.