Göttingen Campus Postdoc Committee

In summer 2017 a group of postdoctoral researchers from across the Göttingen Campus initiated the formation of the Göttingen Campus Postdoc Network. The founding members (James Daniel, Rituparnu Chakrabarti and Vinodh Ilangovan) wanted to set up a network in which postdocs can easily exchange information and views, and represent their interests more strongly. If you want to know more or are interested to join please contact us at the Campus Office, or one of the committee members.

James Daniel

James Daniel is a neuroscientist focusing on synaptic transmission between neurons. He completed his PhD at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Sydney, Australia) in 2008, focusing on mechanisms of dopamine release at single synapses. James then undertook a postdoc at the Children's Medical Research Institute (Sydney, Australia) where he worked on the development of novel inhibitors of synaptic vesicle endocytosis and their potential application in the treatment of epilepsy. In 2013 he moved to Göttingen, where he has been working in the Molecular Neurobiology Department of the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, studying the molecular regulation of synaptic trans­mission. With regards to the Postdoctoral Network, James thinks that postdoctoral positions are a complicated and critical phase of the career of any researcher and often overlooked in terms of career support provided by universities and other research centers. James hopes to help achieve better representation for postdocs within Göttingen.
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Vinodh Ilangovan

Vinodh Ilangovan is a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen. He obtained his PhD from the University of Göttingen in 2016. He studies circadian clocks and sleep using an integrative approach by combining mole­cular genetics, animal behavior and evolu­tion­ary biology. He is an Open Science Ambassador and strongly advocates for the practice of responsible behaviors in scientific research. He is also a member of the early career advisory group of open access journal eLife. Vinodh enjoys experimenting with science communication through performing arts.
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Rituparna Chakrabarti

Rituparna Chakrabarti obtained her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Göttingen and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Biostructural Imaging of Neurodegeneration (BIN), Göttingen. Her primary research focus is to study the neurotransmitter release and understand the nanostructures of specialized chemical synapses in the auditory systems. She envisions starting her research group in the coming years. Apart from spending countless hours behind electron micro­scope, Rituparna enjoys the interface of science, art and communication. She is currently the editor in chief of an online magazine called Club SciWri, which aims to simplify science for broader audiences and discuss some of the urgent issues faced in STEM careers. To unwind, she plays the mandolin and eagerly looks for a corner at a coffee house to slide herself in with a good read or company.
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Deniz Kilincoglu

Deniz Kilincoglu is an intellectual and cultural historian of the nineteenth century with a particular interest in the Ottoman Empire. He received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He is currently a research fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg. Deniz’s research has focused on the intercultural circulation of ideas, and its social, political, and cultural implications. His current project focuses on nationalism and emotions at the turn of the twentieth century. As a true believer and practitioner of interdisciplinarity, he uses methodological and theoretical insights from both the humanities and the cognitive sciences in his research. He is also working on developing a digital humanities project in cooperation with the Göttingen Center for Digital Humanities. When he is not working, he loves reading fiction and thinking about the connections between fiction and reality.
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Marko Markovic

Marko Markovic received the Master of Biomedical Engineering degree at the University of Belgrade in 2011 and the PhD degree at University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) in 2016. He was previously employed at Ottobock HealthCare GmbH and currently works as a researcher at UMG as well as a part-time lecturer at PFH, Goettingen. His researches and develops novel human-machine interfaces for upper limb prostheses. He considers that one of his most important roles is the education of future generations of students, and to this goal, he has actively supervised more than a dozen of master and bachelor theses. When not working he spends his time on reading books, playing video games and driving his bicycle.
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Louisa Kulke

Louisa Kulke conducted her PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience at University College London (UK), investigating the development of attention from infancy to adulthood. After a research visit to the University of California, San Diego (US), she started her postdoc at Göttingen University. She is working in developmental psychology and affective neuroscience, unravelling the neural mechanisms of emotion and attention. She is an ambassador both for the Open Science Framework and for the Göttingen Open Source and Open Science Initiative of Psychology and she was the first scientist in Göttingen to win the Preregistration Challenge. Louisa enjoys teaching psychology to her students and a wider community. When she is not in the lab or in the lecture hall, she likes to play the guitar, travel around the world and make scrapbooks about her travels.
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Sarah Hoffmann-Urlaub

Sarah Hoffmann-Urlaub received her PhD in 2016 from the Institute for X-Ray Physics at the University of Göttingen, working on nanostructured waveguides for hard X-Ray focussing. After a short postdoc phase, in 2017 she became a Junior Research Group Leader at the Institute of Materials Physics. Her group is active in the field of functional thin films fabricated with the technique of Pulsed Laser Deposition. There are many applications for these high quality (multi-) layer devices, for example in the fields of photovoltaics, photocatalysis or X-Ray optics. Apart from gaining deeper insights into complex structure-property relationships for a wide variety of materials and geometries, she dedicates her time to educating students. After retiring from actively taking part in Rugby sports, she still enjoys watching matches, playing classic video games or listening to records from her LP collection.
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Burcu Mangitli

Burcu Uçaray-Mangıtlı is a political scientist with research interests in international organizations, development, and gender equality. She completed her Ph.D. at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation focused on domestic and international bureaucrats, their shared expertise, and how their relationships affect international cooperation. From August 2017 to July 2018, Burcu was a postdoctoral fellow sponsored by the Swedish Institute at University of Stockholm. In August 2018, she joined the University of Göttingen, Department of Political Science as a postdoctoral researcher. Her current research, inspired by her project in Stockholm, focuses on international financial institutions and their implementation of gender equality norm, both internally and externally. She is particularly interested in organizational culture in these institutions, how it changes and affects development projects. Burcu believes in work-life balance, and enjoys watching science fiction movies, reading crime and mystery novels, and climbing.
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Sukanya Sengupta

Sukanya is a geochemist with interest in the study of the Earth’s paleoclimate and early environments. She obtained her PhD in 2016 from the University of Göttingen, working in the Isotope Geology department. She is currently continuing as a postdoctoral fellow there. Her research focuses primarily on studying oxygen isotope ratios in sediments and rocks of different ages - millions and even billions of years old, in order to understand how Earth’s oceans and atmosphere evolved over time, and under what conditions early life flourished. She enjoys working long hours in the laboratory, performing analytical work and addressing exciting new problems. In her leisure time she is fond of reading fiction, going for a swim, cooking and travelling.  Given the complex stage of life and career many post-docs find themselves in, Sukanya hopes to be able to contribute ideas and efforts in addressing their needs and problems or simply to be able to improve the quality of professional lives of post-docs and researchers in the university.
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