Max Planck Research Group Leader (m/f/div) (W2) in Biology of Ageing

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
Germany (DE)
November 10 2021
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing invites applications for a

Max Planck Research Group Leader (m/f/div)
in Biology of Ageing

(job code 12-2021)  

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 with the mission to unravel funda­mental mechanisms of healthy ageing. It is part of a broad net­work of institutions in the Cologne-Bonn area dedicated to research on ageing and age-related disease, constituting a vibrant and collabo­rative environ­ment. Equipped with state-of-the-art core facilities, the institute provides out­standing oppor­tunities for its scientists. At the moment, we host employees from 40 different nations and 305 employees inclu­ding guest scientists.


We seek a talented, dynamic, indepen­dent, and motivated scientist early in his/her career to establish a Max Planck Research Group at our Max Planck Institute in Cologne. The success­ful candidate will develop an indepen­dent research program using his/her own budget, which will fund research positions, consumables, and equip­ment. Candidates should have an out­standing scientific track record with clear evidence of leader­ship and perform cutting-edge research in one or more aspects of the biology of ageing in any system, including humans.


The initial appointment of the group leader is for five years with the possibility of exte­nsion (2 x 2 years) after international review. For more general infor­mation please see also: The start date is envisioned for fall 2022.


Applications should include:

  • a cover letter explaining why you would like to join our Institute
  • your Curriculum Vitae including your publication list
  • a statement of scientific achievements
  • a two page summary of your future research plans
  • up to three of your most important papers
  • copies of essential certificates and documents

Upload your application as a single PDF file using our application website (quoting job code 12-2021). Please also arrange for three academic references to be sent as PDf files to The deadline for appli­cations including references is December 2nd,  2021. Successful applicants should be pre­pared to join a selection symposium held on February 15th–16th, 2022 in Cologne, Germany. The first day will be designed to meet members of the institute in a more infor­mal setting; the second day will feature the selection sym­posium. The plan is to hold the symposium in person, but may be held virtually if conditions of the pan­demic are unfavorable.

The Max Planck Society endeavours to achieve gender equality and diver­sity, and there­fore seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under­represented and explicitly encourages women to apply. Further­more, the Max Planck Society is com­mitted to increasing the number of employees with severe disabilities in its work­force. Applications from persons with severe disabilities are expressly desired.

Inquiries can be sent to the above-mentioned e-mail address. For further infor­mation about the Institute see


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