Max Planck Research Group Leader (W2) in Biology of Ageing


We seek a talented, dynamic, independent and motivated scientist early in his/her career to establish a Max Planck Research Group at our Max Planck Institute in Cologne. Successful candidates will develop an independent research programme using their own budget, which will fund research positions, consumables, and equipment. The successful candidate should have an outstanding scientific track record with clear evidence of leadership, and a strong interest in one or more aspects of the biology of ageing.The initial appointment of the group leader is for 5 years with the possibility of extension (2 x 2 years) after international review. For more general information please see also: The start date is negotiable.

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 for the purpose of understanding fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing. The environment of the institute is international, and the working language is English. It 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 environment for research. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and excellent core facilities, the institute provides outstanding research opportunities for its scientists. The MPI will move into its own purpose designed building in late 2012.

Applications should include

a cover letter explaining why you would like to join our Institute

your Curriculum Vitae including your publication list

a statement of scientific achievements

a two page summary of your future research plans

up to three of your most important papers
and be uploaded as one single pdf-file using our application website (job code: 13/2012). Please also arrange for 3 academic references to be sent as pdf-files to Deadline for application is October 15th 2012. Successful applicants should be prepared to join a selection symposium held on November 28th and 29th 2012 in Cologne, Germany. The first day will be designed to meet members of the institute and the selection committee in a more informal setting, the second day will feature the actual symposium.

The Max Planck society seeks to employ more women in areas in which they are underrepresented. Hence we would particularly like to encourage qualified women to apply. Applications from disabled candidates or those with additional support needs are welcome.

Informal inquiries are welcome and should be sent to the above-mentioned e-mail address. For further information about the Institute see (

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