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Max-Planck-Institut für Experimentelle Medizin
Recruitment of Directors

The Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine plans to recruit two Directors with a research program in molecular and cellular neurobiology and a strong interest in translational and pre-clinical approaches. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates with an outstanding track record and research program should contact the Managing Director for further information:

Professor Klaus-Armin Nave, PhD

Seeing, laughing, thinking, speaking, dreaming


Human behavior is the most amazing of all phenomena that life has brought forth. With apparent ease, the nervous system archives key experiences from the earliest days of childhood, controls extremely precise movements, reasons out solutions to complex mathematical problems and creates the consciousness that differentiates the species Homo sapiens from all other animals. However, as amazingly well constructed as this network of nerve cells - or neurons - is, the consequences are just as profound when it is damaged: brain injuries or degenerative diseases, or even the smallest defect in cell development can lead to massive brain cell loss, memory failure or breakdown of muscle control.


How can nerve cells be protected from such fatal degenerations and malfunctions? And how is it possible that such a gigantic system as the human brain functions at all - a system in which around 100 billion neurons are interconnected and more than 100 trillion synapses communicate with one another? These questions form the central focus of research at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine.


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