2 PhD Positions (m/f/d)

Updated: 5 days ago

The research group "Molecular Probes for Quantitative Neurosciences" of Dr. Felipe Opazo invites applications for


Projects: Studying the nanoscale organization of B lymphocyte surface receptors and neuronal synapses using nanobodies and super-resolution imaging approaches

One project's primary goal is to achieve a comprehensive picture of the spatial organization of all BCR isotypes in conjunction with their essential coreceptors and signaling-active lipids within the plasma membrane at nanoscale resolution. The second project aims to characterize the nanoscale of neuronal synapses using self- generated nanobodies revealing various synaptic targets.

Both projects require the discovery process of specific nanobodies recognizing endogenous proteins and use their monovalency to obtain quantitative STED, DNA- PAINT, and Expansion microscopy (ExM). Ideally, we also want to combine these super-resolution techniques with nanoSIMS. to monitor the surrounding lipids of transmembrane protein (nanoSIMS is a mass-spectrometry imaging technique with ~50 nm precision in XY and ~5-10 nm in Z)

What we are looking for:

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with broad interests, from developing and characterizing new affinity molecules like nanobodies (skills: molecular biology and protein biochemistry) to learning and using several microscopy techniques (DNA- PAINT, STED, ExM, and nanoSIMS) for imaging immune cells (B lymphocytes) and or cultured neurons.

Interested? Please send me an email to Dr. Felipe Opazo (fopazo@gwdg.de) including your full CV and a short letter of motivation. I'll get back to you and arrange a zoom meeting when possible.


The University Medical Center Göttingen is committed to professional equality. We therefore seek to increase the proportion of under-represented genders. Applicants with disabilities and equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Please send your application only via e-mail as a PDF-file.

Travel and application fees cannot be refunded or transferred.


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