Postdoctoral Position in Biology of Ageing (m/f)

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen (DE)
October 08 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
PhD Fellowship

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne invites applications for

a Postdoctoral Position in Biology of Ageing (m/f) (job code 30-2018)

We seek a talented and highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to join our department for Biological Mechanisms of Ageing, ( headed by Director Prof. Linda Partridge. We are especially interested in applicants with a strong background in mouse biology and/or high-throughput data analysis.

The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic and collaborative team in an excellent scientific environment. The department investigates mechanisms of ageing and ageing-associated diseases, using the fruit fly Drosophila, the mouse and human cells as experimental model organisms. Our work combines in vivo mouse phenotyping with high-throughput techniques (proteomics, metabolomics, RNA-Seq, Bisulfite-Seq), molecular biology, biochemistry and high-resolution imaging to study how pharmacological, dietary and genetic interventions can improve health during ageing.

The post is available from the earliest time point.


The successful candidate will hold a PhD in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry or a related field and a strong scientific track record of accomplishments and proven research capabilities. The applicant should have excellent written and oral communication skills. The working language is English; knowledge of the German language is not required.

Research environment

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 for the purpose of understanding fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing. It is part of a broad network of research institutions in the Cologne-Bonn area dedicated to research on ageing and age-related disease, including the CECAD Cluster of Excellent in the University of Cologne, constituting a vibrant and collaborative environment for research. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and excellent core facilities, to which the successful candidate would have access, the institute provides outstanding research opportunities for its scientists. At the moment, we host employees from 34 different nations.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter that includes answers to the following questions:
  1. Why are you interested in this position?
  2. How is your own research background relevant to the work that we do?
  3. Which of our recent publications do you find most interesting, and why?
  4. What are your plans for a future career?
  • a Curriculum Vitae including your scientific interests, publications and scientific achievements
  • a short statement of your potential project ideas
  • certificates and transcripts of the degrees you obtained already
  • contact information for 3 references

and should be uploaded as one single pdf-file using our application website (quoting job code 30-2018) by 6th November 2018.

The employment contract is based on contracts for the civil service (TVöD-Bund, Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and will be time limited. The Max Planck Society is committed to employ more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and especially encourages them to apply.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to

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