Young Investigator Group Leader - Metabolic Research (f/m/d)

Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)

Neuherberg (bei München), Germany

Work group:

Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research

Area of research:

Executive posts

Starting date:


Job description:

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

The Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (Helmholtz-Institut für Metabolismus-, Adipositas- und Gefäßforschung, HI-MAG) at the Universität Leipzig is part of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center and closely linked to the metabolic research activities (e. g., the DFG-funded CRC 1052 “Obesity Mechanisms”) at the Faculty of Medicine of the Universität Leipzig. It strongly promotes patient- relevant research in these areas. Key topics of the new institute include regulation of appetite and satiety, molecular mechanisms of adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity, target identification and validation for obesity pharmacotherapy, development of novel vascular drug delivery systems and targets, and novel biomarkers for personalized arterial restenosis prevention.

As part of the Institutes’ scientific strategy, junior group leader positions will be installed. HI-MAG is looking for outstanding junior scientists to establish his/her/its own innovative research program in the field of metabolic research related to translational obesity/diabetes research. In Leipzig we offer a

Young Investigator Group Leader – Metabolic Research (f/m/d)

Job Description

The future group leader will establish research programs employing innovative approaches to identify clinically relevant molecular mechanisms by working as close to bedside as possible. We specifically welcome investigators with a broad experience in bench-to-bedside research. Research directions may include, but are not limited to

Regulation of energy balancePathophysiology of obesity-related metabolic diseasesChildhood obesity and early metabolic dysfunctionEpidemiology and/or (AI) modelling of factors driving obesity and early metabolic dysfunctionCentral regulation of appetite and satietyMolecular mechanisms of adipose tissue, gut, skeletal muscle and brain cross-talkTarget identification and validation for novel pharmacotherapiesImmunometabolism in metabolic diseasesGenetic predisposition and molecular traits linking obesity to metabolic dysfunction

Your profile

Applicants must hold a PhD or a MD degree, demonstrate international academic experience in the field and should show an excellent track record of high quality scientific productivity, providing evidence of excellence in obesity research.

Experience with group supervision and management, including success in obtaining extramural research funding and supervising other scientists and PhD students will be considered an asset.

What we offer you

As member of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center at the location Leipzig, you can contribute together with leading researchers to the investigation of the development, prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cardio-vascular disease. A challenging and versatile field of work providing you with the freedom to follow your instinct and be creative. With the help of extensive and goal-orientated professional development measures and career-building programmes we encourage you to grow as a person. To ensure a good work/life balance we assist you with flexible working hours, in-house health management, a nursery, and an “Elder Care” concept as well as other consultation and support options.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. To increase the share of women in management positions we very much welcome the respective applications. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

The successful candidates will be offered a competitive start-up and running package. The position is initially limited to five years and includes a tenure track option with evaluation in the fourth year. Remuneration and benefits are in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (TV EntgO Bund). 

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application including motivation letter, CV, contact details of at least 2 referees and a scientific proposal on your research goals for establishing your own group (maximum 5 pages) until April 19, 2020.

Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Konstanze Julich-Gruner on, who will be happy to be of assistance.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2020/0039