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Research group leader with option for a professorship ‘Psychology and epigenetics of ageing’ (m/f/d)

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Friedrich Schiller University is a traditional university with a strong research profile rooted in the heart of Germany. As a university covering all disciplines, it offers a wide range of subjects. Its research is focused on the areas Light-Life-Liberty. It is closely networked with non-research institutions, research companies and renowned cultural institutions. With around 18,000 students and more than 8,600 employees, the university plays a major role in shaping Jena's character as a cosmopolitan and future-oriented city.

Friedrich Schiller University is seeking to fill the position of a research group leader in the field of ageing research at the earliest possible date. The research group will initially be funded for a minimum of five years by the Carl Zeiss Foundation within the framework of the research network 'IMPULS'. In addition to the advertised position, funding includes two research associates, a doctoral student and one technical assistant as well as the necessary laboratory equipment, consumables, and travel expenses.


Research group leader with option for a professorship

'Psychology and epigenetics of ageing' (m/f/d)


The focus of the research is on the interaction of psychological parameters and biological ageing and thus at the interface between epigenetics and psychology.


Your responsibilities:

  • The future research group should address questions of the mutual influence of epigenetic and psychological ageing on the basis of epigenetic expertise
  • The candidate is expected to conduct or participate in studies on human subjects and/or studies on suitable model organisms and systems
  • We expect the candidate to develop an independent and internationally visible research profile at the Friedrich Schiller University
  • By cooperating with other research institutions and partners on campus (Jena University Hospital; Leibniz Institute on Ageing - Fritz Lipmann Institute) complementary research strategies should be established
  • Engagement in teaching activities is possible and welcomed

Your profile:

  • The successful candidate will have excellent post-doctoral experience in molecular and psychological ageing research
  • An internationally recognized research profile should be documented by excellent publications, and ideally by independent acquisition of third-party funding

We offer:

  • Remuneration based on the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Sector of the Federal States (TV-L) at salary scale up to E15 - depending on the candidate's personal qualifications including a special annual payment in accordance with the collective agreement
  • The position will be filled in a process similar to an appointment procedure. Based on a positive evaluation of the candidate's achievements during the funding period, an extraordinary appointment procedure can be carried out without additional advertisement. Appointment as a university professor can take place if all civil service law requirements are met.
  • The opportunity to take part in shaping the future of a modern and, at the same time, traditional comprehensive university
  • A family-friendly working environment with a variety of offers for families: University Family Office (JUniFamilie) and flexible childcare (JUniKinder)
  • University health promotion and a wide range of university sports activities
  • Attractive fringe benefits, e.g. Job Ticket (benefits for public transport), and an occupational pension (VBL)

The advertised position is initially limited to 5 years. This is a full-time position (40 hours per week).

For further questions about this position, please contact the spokesperson of the research network, Prof. Christoph Englert (phone: ++49 3641 656042, email: ).

We actively encourage applications from international scientists and scholars.

The Friedrich Schiller University aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female academics.

Candidates with severe disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional qualifications.

Are you eager to work for us? Then submit your application (in English language and with the usual supporting documents) stating the vacancy ID 130/2021 by 6 June 2021 by email (one PDF file) to:



For further information for applicants, please also refer to (in German)

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Carl-Zeiss Stiftung




Ausschreibung vom: 21.04.2021
Bewerbungsende: 06.06.2021
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