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The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne invites applications for
a PhD Position in Bioinformatic Analysis of Ageing (job code 11/2017)
We seek a talented, dynamic, highly motivated young scientist to join our department for Biological
Mechanisms of Ageing, (http://www.age.mpg.de/science/research-labs/partridge) headed by Director Prof.
Linda Partridge. The project will be done in close collaboration with Prof. Andreas Beyer
(http://cecad.uni-koeln.de/Prof-Dr-Andreas-Beyer.361.0.html) 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
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 and the mouse as experimental model organisms. 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 mice.
The post is available from the earliest time point.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.
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
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
https://www.age.mpg.de/career-education/open-positions/ (quoting job code: 11/2017) until 12th July 2017.
For further information about the Institute see www.age.mpg.de.
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 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.
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 9b, D-50931 Cologne, Germany, www.age.mpg.de