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We encourage outstanding undergraduate students to apply for the DFG-funded Graduate School “Neurobiology of Emotion Dysfunction” (GRK) at the University of Regensburg. We provide a specialized interdisciplinary program at the highest conceptual and methodological levels. Students will perform cross-disciplinary projects aimed at unravelling neurobiological underpinnings of emotional behaviors in health and disease across molecular, neuronal, neuroendocrine and behavioral levels in an appropriate research environment. They will be additionally trained to use state-of-the-art neurobiological techniques and animal models best suited to investigate neurobiological correlates of emotionality.

In addition to the scientific goals, GRK students will be offered the possibility to participate in training courses to acquire all relevant soft skills essential to pursue a career in neuroscience. They will also be involved in the organization of weekly research seminars and journal clubs, annual weekend retreats, symposia and summer schools, and will receive specific soft skills trainings. A 3 to 4 -months research stay in an international collaborative lab and their active participation at international congresses should further support the international integration of the students.

Your Profile

  • Diploma, Master or equivalent degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Physics, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacy or related fields


  • Proven qualifications with particular emphasis on subjects related to the projects of the GRK


  • High motivation and commitment


  • Interest in active participation to the GRK program


  • Very good written and spoken English skills


What we offer

Start of funding on March 01st, 2020. All positions are funded for up to three years, according to the German pay scale TV-L E13 (65%).

Your application

Please provide the following files (PDF preferred) attached to one single email addressed to grk.emotions@ur.de

  • a letter of motivation (200-500 words) with highlighted list of max. three preferred projects offered in the GRK (see Research Projects)


  • a short essay on the preferred GRK PhD research project (max. 1000 words main text plus literature)


  • a CV including academic achievements and grades


  • a short summary of the master thesis (max. 250 words)


  • documents and certificates like MSc certificate etc. (in case the Master certificate has not been acquired yet, we would appreciate a letter of reference from the supervisor stating that the Master thesis will be finished on time for the start of the PhD and with high grades)


  • reference letters from two independent referees who can objectively evaluate your scientific and personal skills



In case you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us: grk.emotions@ur.de



Graduate Programme: "Neurobiology of Emotion Dysfunctions"

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