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The German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE) is a member of the Leibniz Association. The institute’s mission is to conduct experimental and clinical research in the field of nutrition and health, with the aim of understanding the molecular basis of nutrition-dependent diseases, and of developing new strategies for treatment and prevention (Website).

We invite applications for the the newly founded Junior Research Group Neurocircuit Development and Function (NDF) for

1 Doctoral Student (m/f/d)


The successful candidate should be interested in aspects of neuronal circuitry underlying food intake regulation and emotional/sensory systems. The project will focus on deciphering the specific neuronal circuitry mediated by the melanocortin system to integrate internal homeostatic cues and external cues as to food availability, perception and motivation. Understanding the complex interplay of neuronal circuits mediating aspects of homeostasis and hedonic intake are crucial for furthering our knowledge of the central cues responsible for proper food intake, energy homeostasis and overall metabolic health. The details and skills of the PhD studies will include the following:

Skills and Requirements

The advertised position is available initially for three years. The position will be paid according to the terms of the civil service collective bargaining act (TV-L 65 % of level E13).

The institute offers a vibrant and interactive research environment, state-of-the-art equipment and qualified training and enrolment in a local PhD program.


Please send your application (motivation letter, cv, certificates and names with contact information for references) with reference nr. 2020_W02_H until latest 27.01.2020 to:

German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke
Human Resources and Social Services
Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116
14558 Nuthetal

or per E-Mail to  

For further information please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr. Rachel Lippert, Junior Research Group Leader, E-Mail:


By submitting your application documents, you grant us the right to collect, process, and use your personal data exclusively for the application selection process. For further information about your rights according to the data protection law, please contact the department Human Resources and Social Services (

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