German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases within the Helmholtz Association (DZNE)

Junior Research Group Leader Position (f/m/d)

German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases within the Helmholtz Association (DZNE)

Bonn, Germany

The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the study of dementia as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center compasses the full spectrum of fundamental and clinical research, population science and health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of scientific results into practice, interdisciplinarity and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz Association of German research centers. With over 1,000 employees from 60 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the leading national and international centers in its research field (

We are inviting applications from epidemiology/population science researchers for a

Junior Research Group Leader Position (f/m/d)
Code 1756/2020/1

We are currently seeking an outstanding translational researcher with an excellent scientific track record to head an independent junior research group. The primary criteria for appointment will be a strong record of innovative research and academic performance as well as high potential for establishing a rigorous and substantial independent research program and fruitful collaborations. The ideal candidate will have experience in epidemiology/population science, strong data science skills and demonstrated research interest in neurodegenerative disease or aging. The position is not restricted to a specific research focus, although areas of particular strategic interest include: Integrative multi-omics and biomarker discovery; risk factors and etiology of dementia; nutrition, lifestyle and brain health; metabolic dysfunction; immunology and inflammation; aging; population imaging.

As this is an early career stage appointment, applicants should ideally have completed their doctoral degree within the past six years (motivated extensions can be considered). The appointee will be enrolled in the DZNE tenure track program, with an initial appointment of five years. Extension for two additional years is possible based on a positive interim tenure review. Tenure may be awarded to exceptional investigators beyond this period.

Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the public sector collective agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD Bund). In addition to salary support for the appointee, DZNE provides salary support of several group members (e.g. postdoctoral trainee, technician, or doctoral student) as well as a budget for research consumables.

The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Interested candidates should submit their applications as a single PDF file (maximum file size 10 MB), in English, labeled with the candidate’s name, including the following:

  • A letter of motivation (maximum 2 pages);
  • A brief summary of research achievements (maximum 2 pages);
  • A curriculum vitae with a publication list (maximum 3 pages);
  • A brief proposed research plan pertinent to neurodegenerative diseases (maximum 4 pages).

Letters of recommendation will be requested from short-listed candidates at a later date and should not be submitted with the initial application.

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Complete applications must be received by February 28th, 2020.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 1756/2020/1