Working with us

Working with us means joining a research institute within the University of Bonn that is dedicated to the promotion of talented young researchers. It means the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in a multidisciplinary, resource-rich environment where people come together to collaborate, share ideas and inspire each other's research aspirations. 

Current job vacancies

Postdoctoral position in Neuroinflammation/Neurodevelopment at the LIMES Institute (University of Bonn)

The closing date for applications is September 20th 2020

The Mass lab is looking for a postdoctoral candidate with a strong neuroscience, neurodevelopment and/or immunology background to study the role of nanoplastics in the development of neurological disorders as part of an ERC starting grant project. The position is for 2 years with a possible extension. The employment is planned to start on 1 December or upon agreement.
The goal of the NanoGlia project is to determine which type of plastic particles can pass from the mother to the developing fetus, whether this can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders and whether this is a microglia-dependent process. To achieve this, a guinea pig model is used due to its anatomical similarity to the human placenta. Further methods include histology, electrophysiology, single-cell RNA-sequencing, and flow cytometry.

About us
Our lab is located in the LIMES Institute, which is highly interdisciplinary, addresses basic research questions in developmental biology, immunology, genetics, and biochemistry and thus provides all the basic equipment required for the project. For more specific methodology we are closely collaborating with groups at the DZNE, Life&Brain and the Medical Faculty.


  • The candidate is required to hold a PhD degree in neuroscience/developmental biology or similar topics
  • Postdoctoral experience in the same areas is an advantage
  • We are looking for candidates with hands-on experience or an interest in expanding their knowledge in molecular biology, electrophysiology, high-dimensional flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, and bioinformatic analyses (particularly scRNA-seq)
  • Experience with guinea pigs as a model and background in R/Python is a plus
  • Finally, we are looking for applicants with a good track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications and teamwork

We offer

  • A thriving academic environment
  • A professional career development program
  • Participation in the university-wide pension system (VBL)
  • Access to extensive university sports program
  • A salary based on the TV-L scale (E13, 100%)

The university is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a familyfriendly university. Applications from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome.
For further information, please contact Professor Elvira Mass by email:
Please send your complete application as 1 combined PDF file including cover letter, CV, list of references (full address, incl. email and phone number), and list of publications to

Information for non-academic staff:

Position vacancies for non-academic staff will be advertised on this page and that of the University of Bonn.

Opportunities for Academic Staff and Students

For people interested in studying with us, please visit our Education and Training page for more details on study courses and application information.  

People holding fellowships at any career level, are strongly encouraged to apply directly to the lab head of a specific research group of interest at any time. Information regarding German Research Funding opportunities can be found below.

International staff and students are also encouraged to visit our International LIMES page for more helpful links and information about life at the LIMES institute.

Funding and Support

There are many funding streams supporting scientists transitioning from different labs, countries and career levels. Ranging from organizations such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), EMBO, and foundations such as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, to programs including the Human Frontiers Science Program, you will find something suitable for you. 

To help kick-start start your research, the Research in Germany website provides comprehensive information about the German research funding system, funding organizations and funding programs for international researchers at all career levels. 

Tip: Funding databases offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and EURAXESS are a great tool to help dissect relevant fellowship opportunities. 

In addition, the Human Resource Development team at the University of Bonn offers both researchers and technical and administrative staff members a wide range of consultation offers and seminars.

Living and working in Bonn

The city of Bonn, on the river Rhine with a population of 320,000 is a vibrant, multicultural university town and ideal location for our institute. The university district is dominated by the ‘Bonner’ youth and numerous cafés, restaurants and bars add to the lively atmosphere in the inner city. Bonn is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, who lived here for over 20 years before his life took him to Vienna. It is a cultural center that hosts prestigious concerts and exhibitions, attracting over 1 million visitors from around the world to its Museum Mile each year.

The city is also home to 18 United Nations organizations and several world-class research and education institutions. The international University of Bonn (German: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) was founded in its present form in 1818, by King Frederick William III of Prussia and is now one of Germany's most reputable institutions of higher learning with over 30,000 students. Among its most famous alumni are seven Nobel Prize winners, fourteen laureates of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, two winners of the Fields Medal, Pope Benedict XVI, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Konrad Adenauer, Joseph Schumpeter and Friedrich Nietzsche. It is also one of the German universities, which was included as part of the Excellence Initiative in the funding lines the Cluster of Excellence and Graduate Schools.