Cluster of Excellence - Cologne Excellence Cluster on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), UoC

PhD position

CECAD Excellence Center, University of Cologne

Cologne, Germany

The research group of Dr. Natalia Kononenko at the CECAD Excellence Center, University of Cologne is seeking applications for a full-time

PhD position (f/m)

to be employed under a limited-time contract of 3 years (TV-L13, 65%)

We are seeking an open-minded and very enterprising personality, interested to work in a collaborative research group focusing on the role of autophagy in brain aging and neurodegeneration. Ideal candidates should possess a good scientific appetite and a willingness to succeed! Research questions in our lab are addressed using cutting-edge biology approaches (including CRISPR/Cas9 technologies, transgenic mouse models, in-vivo neuroanatomy techniques and live imaging).
Absolute Requirement: A Masters degree in molecular and cellular neuroscience or cell biology. The successful candidate is fluent in spoken and written English and has experience with mouse work.

The tentative start is 01.01.2020. The application deadline is 15.09.2019.

The University of Cologne places strong emphasis on gender equality and seeks to increase the proportional representation of women. Thus, suitably qualified women will be given preferential consideration unless other candidates clearly demonstrate superior qualifications. Applications are also welcomed from disabled candidates, who will be given a preference over other applicants with comparable qualifications.

Applications should contain: 1) cover letter stating your research interests; 2) a short concise (ca 300 words) of a recently published research article in a field of neuronal autophagy, which you have found particular interesting (explaining why); 3) your CV, including contact details of 2 persons for references.

Please email your application as a single pdf file to Dr. Natalia Kononenko ( This contact can also be used to obtain further information.


Apply with CV and Cover Letter

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PhD position