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Postdoctoral Position for Genetics of Mental Disease

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Posted: 12/10/2013
Job Title: Postdoctoral Position for Genetics of Mental Disease
Employer: Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Clinical Neuroscience Department
Location: Göttingen, Germany

We are seeking highly enthusiastic and ambitious individuals with particular interest in translational and clinical neuroscience. Beginning not later than March 2014. Specifically, the applicant would utilize the novel approach of phenotype-based genetic association studies, mainly in schizophrenia or autism. For more information see for instance:

Hammer et al. (2013) Neuropsychiatric disease relevance of circulating anti-NMDA receptor autoantibodies depends on blood-brain barrier integrity. Mol Psychiatry. Abstract

Hagemeyer et al. (2012) A myelin gene causative of a catatonia-depression syndrome upon aging. EMBO Mol Med 4:528-39. Abstract

Ribbe et al. (2011) Prediction of the risk of comorbid alcoholism in schizophrenia by interaction of common genetic variants in the corticotropin releasing factor system. Arch Gen Psych 68: 1247-56. Abstract

Wüstenberg et al. (2011) Recombinant human erythropoietin delays loss of gray matter in chronic schizophrenia. Mol Psychiatry 16: 26-36. Abstract

Begemann et al. (2010) Modification of cognitive performance in schizophrenia by complexin 2 gene polymorphisms. Arch Gen Psych 67: 879-88. Abstract

The position includes the opportunity of co-supervising PhD students (together with the department head and an experienced geneticist). The successful applicant will receive support by technical personnel.


Highly qualified candidates with a clear commitment to basic and interdisciplinary genetic research on brain diseases and a documented focus on (neuro)genetics and genetic (bio)statistics are invited to apply. Applicants should hold a PhD in genetics or related disciplines. They should be fluent in English, have a strong interest in promoting his/her own scientific career in genetics of mental diseases and in working in a multidisciplinary and international team.


Applications should be submitted, preferably via email, to Prof. Ehrenreich (, via the department secretary, Mrs. Wiebke Timner (, until January 31, 2014. For further questions regarding eligibility and application requirements, please also contact Dr. Sergi Papiol (

Prof. Hannelore Ehrenreich
Clinical Neuroscience
Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine
37075 Göttingen
Tel: +49-551-389 9615
Fax: +49-551-389 9670

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