PhD Position

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne

Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & GeneticsStructural and Cell Biology

Job code 11/2017

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD Position - Bioinformatic Analysis of Ageing

Job Offer from June 14, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne invites applications for a PhD Position in Bioinformatic Analysis of Ageing. We are looking for a talented, dynamic, and highly motivated young scientist to join our department for Biological Mechanisms of Ageing, headed by Director Prof. Linda Partridge.   

The project will be carried out in close collaboration with Prof. Andreas Beyer from the Cologne Cluster of Excellence CECAD at the University of Cologne across the street. We are interested in applicants with a background in high-throughput data analysis.

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

Your qualifications

The successful candidate will hold a master’s degree in bioinformatics, computational biology or a related field. The applicant should have strong written and oral communication skills. The working language is English; knowledge of the German language is not required. Experience in one of the following methodologies: epigenetics, transcriptomics, high-throughput data analysis, mathematical modelling and network generation is an advantage; basic or advanced programming skills are 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, 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.

Our offer

The post is available immediately. We offer a three-year contract according to the funding guidelines for young researchers of the Max Planck Society.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application

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 training relevant to research into the biology of ageing?
    (3) What are your plans for a future career?
  • a Curriculum Vitae including your scientific interests, publications and scientific achievements
  • certificates and transcripts of the degrees you obtained already
  • contact information for 2-3 references 

and should be uploaded as one single pdf-file using our application website (quoting job code: 11/2017) until 12th July 2017.  For further information about the Institute see our website

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 9b
50931 Cologne

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