PhD Position – Biology of Ageing
Job Code: 14/2018
The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne invites applications for a Ph.D. Position in Biology of Ageing (job code 14/2018).
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing seeks a talented, dynamic, highly motivated young scientist to join their department for Biological Mechanisms of Ageing, headed by Director Prof. Linda Partridge. 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 experimental model organisms, i.e. the fruit fly Drosophila and the mouse, as well as human cell lines. Our work combines in vivo 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 humans, mice, and flies.
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing is interested in applicants with a background in cell culture and/or CRISPR/Cas9. The successful candidate will hold a master’s degree/diploma in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry 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: cell culture (if possible induced pluripotent stem cells), CRISPR/Cas9 is an advantage.
The post is available from the earliest time point. We offer a three-year contract according to the funding guidelines for young researchers of the Max Planck Society.
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, Max Plank host employees from 34 different nations.
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. 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: 14/2018) until 8th July 2018.