Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing (MPIAGE)

PhD student in “Functional genomics of ageing” (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing (MPIAGE)

Cologne, Germany

The Research Group “Genetics and Biomarkers of Human Ageing” headed by Dr. Joris Deelen is looking for a

PhD student in “Functional genomics of ageing” (m/f/d)
(job code 06-2020)

Our research group ( investigates genetics and biomarkers of human ageing using different model organisms (i.e. fruit flies and mice) and cellular models, as well as samples from old human individuals (≥70 years of age). The proposed research project combines in vivo phenotyping with molecular biology to study how genetic variants involved in healthy ageing in humans influence metabolism in model organisms. We seek a talented, dynamic, highly motivated young scientist to join our enthusiastic and collaborative team in an excellent scientific environment. We are specifically interested in applicants with a background in mouse metabolic phenotyping, cell culture and/or CRISPR/Cas9.

The post is available from the earliest time point.

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 and a collaborative mind-set. The working language is English; knowledge of the German language is not required. Experience in one of the following methodologies: mouse metabolic phenotyping, cell culture, or CRISPR/Cas9 is strongly preferred.

Research environment
The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 with the aim to understand fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing. The institute is part of a broad network of research institutions in the Cologne-Bonn area dedicated to research on ageing and age-related disease, constituting a vibrant and collaborative research environment with state-of-the-art facilities. At the moment, we host about 300 employees from >30 different nations. For further information about the Institute see

Applications should include:

  • A one-page cover letter that includes answers to the following questions:
    (1) Why are you interested in this position?
    (2) What makes you the right person for this position (skills and expertise)?
    (3) What are your research interests and long-term career plans?
  • A CV, including your scientific interests, wet and dry lab skills, 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 (job code: 06-2020). The deadline for application is 18.06.2020. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to
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. We also seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and especially encourage them to apply.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 06-2020