The Department of Experimental Neurobiology at the National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic

PhD positions available within the Department of Experimental Neurobiology

We are looking for highly motivated PhD candidates who wants to carry out cutting edge research in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disease. The research will involve electrophysiology, neurochemistry, biochemistry and cellular imaging ex vivo and in vivo in living animal models, and in neuronal cultures. The department is equipped with cutting-edge research facilities for imaging (confocal scanning microscopy and epifluorescence microscopy), molecular and cellular neurobiology laboratories, neurochemistry, electrophysiology and behavioural studies. National Institute of Mental Health is located in Klecany, 20 minutes from the Prague City Centre, one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of Europe.


Duties & Responsibilities

The PhD candidate will conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and the Head of the Department, Prof. Saak V. Ovsepian. The projects will be discussed on case by case basis.


  • Degree in biophysics, neuroimaging, neurobiology, bioengineering, or related disciplines

  • Independent thinking and desire to conduct experimental research

  • Self-motivation, positive attitude and interest to work within an interdisciplinary team of biochemists, neuroscientists, psychologists and medical doctors

  • Good command of English language and organizational skills

  • Interest in fundamental question of experimental neurobiology, brain organization and function

We offer:

  • Motivating multi-national environment promoting high-quality research

  • Atmosphere encouraging creativity, innovation and collegiality

  • Training opportunities, comprehensive research facilities and possibility for collaborative work at national and international levels

Initial salary compensation will depend on applicants’ qualification, publications and it is open to negotiation. Czech Republic is a rapidly developing EU state with high living standards and low costs. We welcome and look forward to receiving your application via email with the indication of ‘Postdoctoral at NIMH’ in the subject line. Please include all the relevant documents in a single pdf file.

Informal initial enquiries should be sent to:

hr@nudz.cz or Marcela Bukačová – HR Generalist ( marcela.bukacova@nudz.cz)

Submission of documents for consideration:

Selected publications from the Principal Investigator

Ovsepian SV et al. Synaptic vesicle cycle and Aβ: biting the hand that feeds. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.01.011; 2018. IF=13.2

Ovsepian SV et al., Neurobiology and therapeutic applications of neurotoxins targeting transmitter release. Pharmacol Ther. 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.pharmthera.2018.08.016. IF=12.2

Ovsepian SV et al. Pushing the boundaries of neuroimaging with optoacoustics. Neuron 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2017; IF=14.1

Ovsepian SV et al.  Ambient glutamate promotes paroxysmal hyperactivity in cortical pyramidal cells at amyloid plaques via presynaptic mGluR1 receptors. Cerebral Cortex, 2017. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw267. IF=8.2

Ovsepian SV et al. Circumventing Brain Barriers: Nanovehicles for Retro-axonal Therapeutic Delivery. Trends in Mol. Medicine 2016; doi:10.1016/j.molmed.2016.09.004. IF=10.8

Ovsepian SV et al. Distinctive role of KV1.1 subunit in the biology and functions of low threshold KV1 channels with implications for neurological disease. Pharmacol Ther. 2016, doi: 10.1016/j.pharmthera.2016.01.005. IF=11.1

Willem M et al. η-Secretase processing of APP inhibits neuronal activity in the hippocampus. Nature, 2015 Doi:10.1038 / 14864. IF=38.1

Ovsepian SV et al. Cholinergic Mechanisms in the Cerebral Cortex: Beyond Synaptic Transmission. Neuroscientist, 2015. doi: 10.1177/1073858415588264. IF=7.4

Ovsepian SV et al. Pharmacological inhibition of BACE1 can impair dendritic spine formation and synaptic plasticity and lead to a specific cognitive deficit. Biol. Psychiatry, 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.10.013. IF=11.2

Ochs S et al. Loss of neuronal GSK3 beta reduces dendritic spine stability and alters synaptic transmission via beta-catenin. Mol. Psychiatry, 2014.  doi: 10.1038/mp.2014.55. IF=14.4

Neuner J et al. Pathological α-synuclein impairs adult-born granule cell development and functional integration in the olfactory bulb. Nature Comm. 2014. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4915. IF=11.3

Ovsepian SV & Dolly JO. Dendritic SNAREs add a new twist to the old neuron theory. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1017235108. IF=9.4