Joining the Social Rodent Lab

For Refugees with a science background

Currently, the Volkswagen Foundation provides the opportunity to embed refugee scholars in ongoing research projects. As my project is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, we are currently looking for scientist/students with a refugee status and interest in social neuroscience to join the lab. Click here for the job opening ad.

For more information on the Volkswagen Foundation Initiative, see also 

For prospective PhD-students

We currently have no open vacancies for PhD-candidate positions. If you are looking for a PhD position at the Social Rodent Lab and willing to apply for your personal funding, there are options within the German and European research funding schemes for prospective PhD-candidates. Please get in touch with the Lab if you have a concrete (not necessarily polished!) idea for a PhD-project.


For BSc./MSc. students

We are always interested in talking to motivated students about research projects in the Lab. We usually run a few experiments at the same time on different research questions. All of our projects, however, revolve around the handling and training of rats on learning, choice or interaction paradigms. Beside that, projects can involve video/behavioral repertoire analysis, ultrasonic vocalization analysis, computational modeling of behavior or analysis of electrophysiological data. Please see this website for a list of the projects currently offered.

If you have an interest in a strictly computational project and affinity with Matlab (or willingness to learn), or if you have an own idea for a research project that connects to the research interests of the Social Rodent Lab, please contact us.   

  • If you are looking for a short internship or BSc. project, you can expect an introduction in animal welfare and handling, and subsequently an assignment that involves some part of animal training. We aim to keep internships broad, while a BSc. thesis (or similar international research project of ~3 months) will typically focus on a single experiment, for which you will take responsibility.
  • An MSc. thesis (or similar international research project of ~6-9 months) will likely involve several behavioral experiments, or an experiment that involves neurobiological or pharmacological aspects. In all likelihood, you will be able to take part in the entire experiment from start to finish.

For Postgraduate Researchers

Unfortunately, there are no positions open for postgraduate researchers at the moment. If you would like to discuss a potential research project connecting to the interest of the Social Rodent Lab, and are pursuing your own source of funding, or looking for information on sources of funding, please contact us so we can see how we can help.


Heinrich Heine University is an attractive campus university. It offers first-rate study and research conditions at the heart of Germany. With its strong medical faculty, excellent research facilities and international scope, it is a hub for the life sciences in Germany and the world. Düsseldorf is the capital of the State of Northrhine-Westfalia. It is the city of modern art and magnificent lifestyle. With its French flair, outstanding cultural and culinary offers and impeccable economic and environmental record, it is consistently rated as one of the top 10 most livable cities in the World by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. Successful candidates will be part of the HERA graduate school, which provides professional development and further education opportunities.