Call for applications for the "Junior Career Research Stipend" for students of Medicine or Biology

The Heidelberg Pain Consortium (SFB 1158), funded by DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) encourages the applications for the stipend as personal funding ad personum for the student. This 6-month stipend will be provided to support meritorious medical students, with interest particularly in pain research, over the period of their MD thesis. We can also support master’s student for the period of their master’s thesis. The students will have the opportunity to work in an international scientific environment providing support for developing their career.

The SFB 1158 consortium ‘From nociception to chronic pain: Structure-function properties of neural pathways and their reorganisation’ was established in Heidelberg, Germany in July 2015. Twenty multidisciplinary projects involving forty groups spanning diverse top-class clinical and basic research institutions make this a remarkably vibrant and comprehensive collaborative centre.

Research in this consortium promises to deliver a structural and functional understanding of circuits and networks underlying sensory and affective components of pain and their modulation by circumstances which induce structural reorganization and functional plasticity, including disease states, negative emotions and stress. A mechanistic analysis of chronic neuropathic pain of peripheral and central origin in rodent models and in human patients will be a strong focus.

How to apply: The interested candidate has to write a research proposal (maximally 2-pages) and may contact the PI of the project for additional information. The candidate can apply only for one project. The application documents should include the proposal and CV including grades from key exams (for e.g. Abitur and Physikum for MD students). Please send the application documents exclusively to sfb1158office [ aT ]


The following projects are available, which are described in details at (please look under `career section´).

Project 1: Generation and analysis of a -opiod receptor polymorphism associated with impaired pain sensitivity and drug tolerance in human neurons in vitro Contact: acuna [ aT ]

Project 2: Deep-learning characterization of behaviors in freely moving mice Contact: alexander.groh [ aT ] rebecca.mease [ aT ]

Project 3: Can anxiolytic neuropeptide oxytocin facilitate fear? Contact: valery.grinevich [ aT ]  

Project 4: In vivo optogenetic modulation of astrocytic PKA signaling Contact: hertle [ aT ] 

Project 5: Epigenetic control of structural and functional plasticity in spinal circuits Contact: mauceri [ aT ] 

Project 6: Establish a behavioral paradigm to test sustained attention in mice Contact: h.monyer [ aT ] 

Project 7: Delineation of cellular mechanisms underlying distinct sensory modalities in the cingulate, somatosensory and insular cortices. Contact: rohini.kuner [ aT ]