Career & Funding

Do your Master Thesis or Doctorate at the CTNR

Who we are

The Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock (CTNR) represents one of the three main scientific areas at the University Medical Centre Rostock. The overall aim of the CTNR is to identify and target mechanisms in neurodegeneration to implement innovative therapeutic concepts for primary and secondary neurodegenerative processes.

Our topics

  • Mechanisms of resilience and their interplay with neurodegenerative processes
  • Precision medicine to establish predictors for cerebral resilience in primary and secondary neurodegeneration in humans
  • Adoption of continuous bi-directional translation pathways for development of new treatments and preventions in neurodegenerative disease

Joint applications

Be part of it

  • MD and PhD candidates
  • Research in a medical or natural / life / engineering / social scientific field with a focus on neurosciences

International students

We would like to offer young scientists from abroad the opportunity to conduct their PhD training within the CTNR framework. To this end, we offer support for interested students to apply for a DAAD Research Grant in Rostock.

DAAD Research Grant

Who can apply?

Excellently-qualified young academics and scientists who have completed a Master's degree or Diploma by the time they begin their grant-supported research.

How long lasts the funding?

A maximum of four years; the length of the grant is decided by a selection committee of the DAAD and depends on the project in question and the applicant's work schedule. The grants are initially awarded for a maximum of one year. Extensions depend on whether the selection committee considers the previous award period to have been successfully completed.

What is funded?

Monthly payments of € 1,200.- for doctoral candidates. Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover. One-off research allowance. Travel allowance.


  • Send us your letter of intent (max. 1 page), your research interest and your diplomas
  • We look internally for an appropriate supervisor

For international students

  • The supervisor will contact you and you will prepare a project proposal under his/her supervision
  • You will submit the proposal to the DAAD
  • Once the proposal is positively evaluated you can plan your research period together with your supervisor

CTNR Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) Programme

The CTNR provides the framework for an educational programme for doctoral candidates of CTNR members. The doctoral researcher get the possibility to be supervised by a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC aims to provide guidance for both the doctoral candidate and their supervisors, in order for them to reach a successful end of the project.

  • The TAC consists of 3 CTNR members (supervisors).
  • The TAC Meetings will be organised by the doctoral candidates.
  • Typically, the TAC meets twice in the 1st year and once per year thereafter (initial and annual report meetings).
  • For each TAC meeting, a written report and an oral presentation has to be prepared by the doctoral candidate.
  • The meetings focus on the evaluation of the report, presentation, research performance and theoretical knowledge, the evaluation of the thesis project and work done so far, and recommendations for the following year.

More information about the CTNR TAC Programme (PDF).


For each TAC meeting, a written report and an oral presentation (max. 30 minutes) has to be prepared by the doctoral candidate.
The results of the meetings are filled out and summarized by the supervisors during the meetings in the evaluation report.

Initial Report Meeting

First Annual Meeting


Second Annual Meeting

Third Annual Meeting


Pool of CTNR TAC members

The doctoral candidates are free to choose the supervisors faculty wide. As a selection, the CTNR provides a pool of potential TAC members who have declared their willingness to join. Doctoral candidates can choose and contact them as potential supervisors (also unrelated to the subject).

University Medicine Rostock:

University of Rostock:

CTNR Medical Scientist Programme in Neurosciences

The CTNR Neuro Medical Scientist Programme includes the financial support of positions (up to 12 months) for medical scientists/doctoral candidates with a focus on neurosciences. Medical Scientists are (non-physician) medical researchers in theoretical, preclinical and clinical subjects, as well as non-medical researchers in other fields (natural/life/engineering/social science).

2. Call: Deadline 15 November 2021

The proposed project should contribute to one of the strategic aims of the CTNR:

  • preparation/initiation of cooperative research projects
  • creation/consolidation of national and international cooperations

Accordingly to the availability of funds, the position is advertised for CTNR members only.

More information about the programme (PDF).

Application template

CTNR Neuro Medical Scientists


Janine Petters

In 2017, Janine Petters started working on her PhD project in the research group of Dr. Jan Lukas at the Albrecht-Kossel-Institute (since 2019 Translational Neurodegeneration Section “Albrecht Kossel”). She was part of the Landesexzellenzinitiative Mecklenburg-Vorpommern project funded by the European Union (ESF, grant no.: ESF/14-BM-A55-0046/16) ”Protein misfolding, ER-stress and protein degradation - Development of a systematic pipeline for individualized therapies of hereditary disorders of the liver and pancreas, PePPP”. Her research deals with the development and characterization of a patient-specific iPSC-derived cell model system for the copper storage disorder Wilson disease which mainly affects the liver and brain. As a CTNR Medical Scientist, Janine Petters tries to find potential drug candidates and aims to test these substances in her differentiated iPSC-derived liver cell model in order to correct the dysfunctional copper transporter ATP7B in iPSC-derived hepatocytes from Wilson disease patients.

2021 - 2022

Luisa Müller

After successfully completing her studies, Luisa Müller started a position as research associate and PhD student in the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. She is currently working in the EXCITE project on preclinical research in Alzheimer´s disease rodent models and already conducted several experiments on BL6J and APPswe/PS1dE9 mice to unravel the complex relationship between sleep-wake-rhythms and brain clearance. She established the method of intrahippocampal stereotactic injections in the working group. To investigate the influence of sleep-wake-rhythms on brain clearance a fluorescent dye was injected into the hippocampi of mice (wildtype and transgenic) at different times of the day (begin or end of the sleep period of the mice). At defined time points after injection brains were explanted and tissue dispersion of the dye was assessed histologically. An abstract of this work was handed in to AAIC®2021 for presentation. As a CTNR Medical Scientist, Luisa Müller will establish an approach investigating neuronal hyperexcitability in Alzheimer’s disease combining in vivo multimodal imaging and EEG recordings.

Clinician Scientist Programmes at the University Medicine Rostock

To improve the recruiting of young clinical scientific researchers and to support their specific challenges concerning compatibility of research and clinical work, the University Medicine Rostock (UMR) established a Rostock Academy for Clinician Scientists (RACS). In order to create efficient incentives for an academic/research career besides medical training, 15 positions for an advanced training in a clinical specialty/subspecialty (ärztliche Weiterbildungsstellen) are advertised. The key element of the program is the research protected time of two years within the specialist/subspecialist training time to conduct a theoretical research project.

More information about the Rostock Academy for Clinician Scientists

CTNR Clinician Scientist Programme in Neurosciences

In addition to RACS, the CTNR offers two Clinician Scientist positions in the Neurosciences for the research protected time of two years within the specialist/subspecialist training time to conduct a theoretical research project in the field of Neurosciences. The programme consists of an individual clinical, scientific and soft skill educational curriculum and runs under the regulation of the Rostock Academy for Clinician Scientists (RACS, see above).

Next call in 2022.

(Template project description, template CV).

CTNR Neuro Clinician Scientists

2019 - 2023

Dr. med. Maxi Kersten

Since 2015, Dr. Kersten is a resident at the Department of Neurology and member of a clinical research group for movement disorders and deep brain stimulation. As a Neuro Clinician Scientist, Dr. Kersten will work on "Functional characterization of the basal ganglia-cortex network to improve individual clinical efficacy of deep brain stimulation in movement disorders".

The clinical mentor of Dr. Kersten is Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Storch (Department of Neurology) and the scientific mentor is Prof. Dr. med. Rüdiger Köhling (Oscar-Langendorff- Institute of Physiology).

2020 - 2022

Dr. med. Felix Streckenbach

Since 2018, Dr. Streckenbach is a resident at the Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology at the University Medical Center Rostock and member of the clinical research group in Neuroradiology. As a Neuro Clinician Scientist, Dr. Streckenbach will work on the “development of a biodegradable stent for intracranial aneurysms”.

The clinical mentor of Dr. Streckenbach is Prof. Dr. med. Marc-André Weber (Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology) and the scientific mentors are Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Grabow and Prof. Dr.-Ing Klaus-Peter Schmitz (Institute for Biomedical Engineering).

Funding opportunities in neurosciences

The monthly newsletter provides information about news and announcements of the CTNR, current national and international funding opportunities and training events in the field of neurosciences.

National and international funding bodies

Alberta Innovates

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V. (AFI)

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Association of German Foundations

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds


Damp Stiftung


Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung


European Commission

European Research Council

Federal Funding Advisory Service

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

German National Contact Point

German Research Foundation (DFG)


Hertie Stiftung


International Brain Research Organization

Joachim Herz Stiftung



Rostock International House

Stiftung Hirnforschung

University Medicine Rostock

University of Rostock

    Volkswagen Stiftung


    Forschungsschwerpunkt Neurowissenschaften
    Centre for Transdisciplinary Neurosciences Rostock (CTNR)
    Universitätsmedizin Rostock
    Zentrum für Nervenheilkunde
    Gehlsheimer Str. 20
    18147 Rostock

    +49 (0) 381 494 9512