Information for Postdocs
The time between a doctorate and a habilitation is often called "postdoctoral phase". The LIN supports the early independence of young group leaders.
The postdoc representatives of the LIN are committed to promoting the interests of young scientists at the first career levels. They want to improve the visibility of postdocs in the LIN community and also organise social events for more interaction and good networking. In addition, they offer training opportunities specifically tailored to the needs of young researchers.
Our postdoc representatives can be contacted by e-mail at: postdoc_rep(at)lin-magdeburg.de.
Supporting postdocs in Magdeburg
The Leibniz Science Campus "Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences" was founded to support young scientists in Magdeburg. In addition, the CBBS Graduate Programme and the Otto-von-Guericke Graduate Academy provide further education opportunities.
Leibniz Postdoc Network
The Leibniz Postdoc Network was founded to provide a communication platform for all postdoctoral researchers in the Leibniz Association. It is interdisciplinary, as it integrates all sections and research areas. In six working groups, the members concentrate on various topics. They exchange once a year at a conference.
What are you working on right now?
I investigate how dopamine neurons are involved in learning rewards and punishments. I'm interested in how they help distinguish between important and unimportant information. Therefor, I use fruit flies because they have a simple brain and are easy to genetically manipulate.
What do you need it for?
Not only in flies, but also in humans, the dopamine system plays an important role in many learning processes as well as in addictions. My research contributes to a better understanding of how dopamine signals influence learning and behaviour.
How did you get to LIN?
The LIN is one of the best institutes in Germany to research learning and memory. When my supervisor set up the new Department Genetics of Learning and Memory here, it was clear to me that I would join as a postdoc.