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The translational neuro traumatology Freiburg within the Department of Neurosurgery, University Medical Center Freiburg, offers a

Postdoctoral Position (m/f/d)

The appointment will start August 1st, 2021.
The main task of translational research is the transfer of basic scientific research results into new therapeutic procedures for application in humans. In the field of traumatic spinal cord injury, this is a particular challenge, because no effective treatment option has been demonstrated so far. The main goal of our project is to develop a systematic approach to detect and correct currently prevailing bias in order to improve the valuable translation of preclinical spinal cord injury studies into the clinic without additional animal testing. We estimate that approximately one-third of animal studies remain unpublished (publication bias). With established methodology, we are able to detect bias for a particular therapeutic strategy and correct the respective results. This can increase the amount of valid information obtained from already performed animal experiments. The implementation of this techniques and the development of novel state-of-the-art methods is the main task of this postdoctoral position.

We offer:

  • the opportunity for engaging in the implementation of the 3R concept (replacement, reduction, refinement) within the national 3R-Network Baden-Württemberg
  • postdoctoral position for three years (full-time employment)
  • national and international cooperations (visits supported)


  • background in statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics or closely related filed
  • experience in statistical analysis (R, SPSS, STATA), data management and literature research
  • developing, applying and evaluating (new) statistical methods
  • fluent in English

Please submit your application (including CV, list of publications and a short cover letter) by clicking on the button “Apply Now".

University Medical Center Freiburg
Department of Neurosurgery
Dr. Ralf Watzlawick
Breisacher Str. 64, 79106 Freiburg

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Dr. Ralf Watzlawick