Open Positions



    Our Research Unit "NeuroBiology of Diabetes" has openings for 1 postdoc (bioinformatics) and 3 PhD positions in the exciting neuroscience research project entitled "Weight Maintenance by AgRP neurons (Yoyo LepReSens)". This five-year project funded through an ERC Consolidator Grant, awarded to Prof. Paul Pfluger by the European Research Council,  will start in September 2021, with two positions opening this fall. Two additional PhD positions will be announced by Mid 2022. The Postdoc position is 3+2 years, PhD positions are 3+1 years (initial contract + possible extension). 

    •  PhD position
    •  Postdoctoral position


    Goal of this project is a deeper understanding on how our brain senses metabolic and nutritional cues to regulate body weight and food intake. We focus on AgRP neurons, a small hypothalamic population of neurons essential for our energy and glucose homeostasis. The individual projects will, to varying degree, employ Omics platforms (e.g. RNAseq, snRNAseq, ChIPmentation), traditional neuroscience and microscopy techniques, cell culture systems and sophisticated murine models (e.g. transepigenetic remodelling by CRISPR-Cas9) to fully delineate how AgRP neurons orchestrate our hypothalamic control of food intake and body weight.

    We offer a well-equipped lab and infrastructure within the framework of the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity (IDO), the Helmholtz Diabetes Center (HDC) and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). PhD students will join the HDC graduate program (HRD).

    We look for highly motivated candidates that have a background in neuroscience, developmental biology, bioinformatics, or related fields. A strong interest in metabolism research is expected. Experience with Python, R or related is required at the postdoc level and desirable at the PhD level. Excellent English writing skills are a strong advantage, knowledge of German is not required for any of the positions.

    To apply, please visit our official HMGU job application portal. The positions will become available by the end of Aug 2021.

About us

  • Our research focuses on the role of the central nervous system (CNS) as potential common denominator for obesity and diabetes type 2.   More...

Our Team

  • Peter's PhD defence, June 2020

  • Luke's PhD defence, March 2020

  • Helmholtz Diabetes Conference Munich, Sep 2017

  • Core team in 2017

  • Retreat at the Schneefernerhaus on the Zugspitze, Jan 2017, -27°C

  • Core team in 2015

  • Early days, 2012

  • Katrin's PhD defence, Dec 2018

  • Raian's PhD defence, May 2021

Glimpses into our work

  • The Arcuate Nucleus

  • Art of Science

  • Real-time PCR