University of Cologne (UoC)

Junior Research Group Leader (f/m/x)

University of Cologne

Cologne, Germany

The Faculty of Medicine invites applications for a full-time

Junior Research Group Leader (f/m/x)

to conduct independent research in the field of Protein Homeostasis

The project starts on 01.01.2020 and is limited until 31.12.2024 (third-party funded project).

The University of Cologne offers a wide range of scientific disciplines and internationally leading profile areas organized in six faculties. At the Faculty of Medicine 1.800 scientists are engaged in research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical application, as well as teaching and health care. Together with the University Hospital Cologne the faculty maintains 58 clinics, research institutes and centres. 3.400 students study in this dynamic and innovative environment. The Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital Cologne are embedded in the scientifically highly active Rhine region. They have strong contacts to and alliances with the surrounding universities and non-university research institutions guaranteeing scientific excellence in research and teaching.

This appointment, equivalent to a non-tenured W1-professorial position is available for applicants holding MD, MD/PhD or PhD degree and will be offered for a period of five years. Payment and social benefits are in accordance with the regulations of the German salary agreement for public service employees (TV-L).

The position includes core support for funding a PhD student and a technician as well as consumables. As associated JRG group of the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) the center will provide institutional support, including modern laboratory space and state-of-the-art facilities in addition to career advancing training and mentoring support (

Candidates should have an excellent track record with first and/or last author publications on protein quality control, ideally within 4-6 years of postdoctoral research experience. Moreover, it is expected to integrate and strengthen the interdisciplinary and collaborative environment of the Cologne Life Science Campus, including the Cologne Excellence Cluster CECAD, the local Max-Planck Institutes for Biology of Ageing and for Metabolism Research, the Cologne Center for Genomics (CCG) and the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO), and additional Collaborative Research Centers and Research Units on the campus.

In addition to an innovative biomedical research interest and an excellent track record in the field of Protein Homeostasis and Physiological Regulation of Stress Response the Medical Faculty seeks to appoint a candidate with the capacity to develop independent research programs with extramural funding. Motivation to further develop academic teaching experience and qualifications (e.g. support to obtain the Habilitation will be provided) is expected.

The University of Cologne is committed to increase the percentage of women in research and teaching. Applications of women are specifically appreciated. In the case of equal qualifications, competence and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from disabled candidates, who will also be given preferential consideration over other applicants with comparable qualifications. The position is suitable for staffing with part-time employees.

Please address e-mail enquiries to Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hoppe (Cologne Excellence Cluster

Candidates should submit a single PDF including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, description of research experience and a research concept for the next five years and perspectives with specific details on the relevance for establishing a Junior Research Group (at maximum 4-5 pages) followed by the publication overview, third party funding and the contact addresses of three academic referees.

Submissions will only be accepted if they are sent no later than 15 July 2019.


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Junior Research Group Leader (f/m/x)