Jobs

Postdoctoral and Ph.D. Positions in Epidemiology

Employer

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

Location

Bonn, Germany

Contact

For further information, please contact Prof Monique M.B. Breteler (rhinelandstudy@dzne.de).

Common language at work is English. The DZNE is an equal-opportunity employer. The DZNE especially welcomes and encourages disabled individuals to apply. The positions are initially limited to two years, though prolonged terms are possible.

Interested candidates should send their applications, including CV with full publication list, the names and contact information of three references, and a summary of research interests in a single file to: application@dzne.de. Reference Code 1206/2013/10.

References may be taken as part of the candidate selection and prior to interview. Applicants who do not wish references to be contacted without prior notice and consent should make this explicitly clear on their application.

Review of application will begin immediately.

Description

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a center of excellence within the Helmholtz Association that performs translational research on neurodegenerative diseases. The center includes nine high-performing sites in Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen, and Witten.

Population research at the DZNE aims to study determinants of normal and pathological mental and physical function over the adult life course, with a special emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases. To this end the team, led by Prof. Monique M.B. Breteler, Director of Population Health Sciences of the DZNE, is establishing the Rhineland Study, a prospective population-based cohort study that will include up to 30,000 people aged 30 years and over. The cohort emphasizes extensive phenotyping. The study facilities encompass three recruitment centers equipped with state-of-the art apparatus including 3T MRI scanners (Siemens Prisma), advanced bio-banking facilities, and large data storage and computational resources.

We are looking for highly talented, motivated, enthusiastic, and ambitious researchers (male or female) to join our research team.

Responsibilities include development and implementation of relevant study protocols, supervision and monitoring of data acquisition and processing, analysis of data, and preparation of manuscripts for publication in international journals. Additional tasks for postdoctoral students/research fellows are mentoring of graduate and Ph.D. students, and initiation of new research projects.

Requirements

We are especially looking for candidates for the following research topics:

  • Alzheimer's disease and related disorders
  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
  • Movement analysis/ gait
  • Physical activity and physical fitness
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Vascular (neuro)epidemiology
  • Infections, inflammation, and immune status in neurodegeneration

For Ph.D. positions:

Successful candidates hold a university degree in epidemiology, medicine, or other relevant discipline. Demonstrable interest in quantitative research, strong analytical skills, ability for independent and critical thinking, and excellent communication and writing skills in the English language are prerequisites. We can provide high-level epidemiologic training in collaboration with leading epidemiologic institutes worldwide. We offer the Ph.D. with the University of Bonn; dual Ph.D.s with other international universities are possible.

For postdoctoral positions: Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. in epidemiology, medicine, or other relevant discipline. Demonstrable interest in quantitative research, strong analytical skills, ability for independent and critical thinking, and excellent communication and writing skills in the English language are prerequisites. Working experience in epidemiological research or large-scale studies is highly desirable.

Creative and team-oriented candidates who dare to take initiative and enjoy working in a fast-growing, dynamic research environment in an internationally oriented biomedical institution are strongly encouraged to apply.