Junior Group Leaders (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI), Jena

The Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) in Jena is a federal and state government-funded research institute and member of the Leibniz Association (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V.). FLI’ s internationally visible and highly competitive research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of aging and associated age-related diseases. Scientists from over 40 countries are currently investigating the molecular mechanisms of aging and the occurrence of age-related diseases. Our aim is to create the basis for new approaches in medicine as a way to improve the health of the elderly (www.leibniz-fli.de).

We invite applications for 

Junior Group Leaders (m/f/d)

The Junior Group Leader program of the FLI offers highly competitive funding and start-up packages at international levels. Junior groups are funded for 5 + 4 years.

Our newly established research area “Functional Microbiota-Host Interactions during Aging'' invites applications for independent junior group leader positions in a range of fields, including metabolism/metabolomics, molecular genetics, epigenetics or computational biology. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or related fields and have conducted successful postdoctoral research. We seek outstanding scientists interested in developing a research program that explores molecular, biochemical or genetic aspects of host-microbiome interactions in the context of biology of aging. We also encourage applicants with a background in microbiology, biophysics, or bioinformatics.

Diversity and inclusion is a priority at the Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) at all levels, including faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

Scientists within the research focus “Functional Microbiota-Host Interactions during Aging'' participate in a vibrant, interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, and highly collaborative research community within the FLI, and enjoy access to state-of-art research core facilities including imaging, proteomics, bioinformatics, genomics, and availability of a range of model organisms, including nematode worms, zebrafish, killifish and mice. The Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) provides extensive administrative support to the Junior Group Leaders.

We offer:

  • The package consists of full salary for the group leader (according to the salary level TV-L E15), 1 Postdoc, 1 PhD student and 1 Technician, generous yearly running costs and administrative support
  • Newly renovated office and lab space within Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI)
  • Flexible working time, a family friendly working environment including support for child care solutions and a dual career option within the dual career network thuringia (DCNT)
  • Group Leaders are integrated in the networks of the Centre for Age Research Jena and the Jena Center for Healthy Aging, which promote interdisciplinary collaborations involving physicians, clinical scientists, basic scientists and bioinformaticians

The FLI is committed to equal opportunities and strives to increase the number of women in science. Therefore, applications from female scientists are encouraged.


Please apply online through the FLI application portal http://jobs.leibniz-fli.de/zyzyl and provide a cover letter, your CV, a 2-page research statement and the names and contacts of 3 referees.

For enquiries about the position, please contact Dario Riccardo Valenzano at GL-applications(at)leibniz-fli.de.

The call (Job-ID 21/06) is open until July 31, 2021.