Junior Research Group Leader (f/m/x)

to conduct independent research in human genetics and functional medicine

The University Hospital of Cologne offers a wide range of scientific disciplines and internationally leading profile areas organized in six faculties. At the Faculty of Medicine 1.800 scientists are engaged in research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical application, as well as teaching and health care. Together with the University Hospital Cologne the faculty maintains 58 clinics, research institutes and centres. 3.400 students study in this dynamic and innovative environment. The Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital Cologne are embedded in the scientifically highly active Rhine region. They have strong contacts to and alliances with the surrounding universities and non-university research institutions guaranteeing scientific excellence in research and teaching.


The Institute of Human Genetics enbedded in the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) provides a forum that brings together physician scientists with basic researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences to perform competitive basic, disease-oriented research. The mission of the Institute of Human Genetics is to advance the understanding of the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms of genetic inherited disorders as a prelude to improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many common health problems.


For further information, please visit Humangenetik and CMMC.


The Institute of Human Genetics Cologne invites applications for a full-time


Junior Research Group Leader (f/m/x)

to conduct independent research in human  genetics and functional medicine


This appointment is available for applicants holding a PhD, MD/PhD or MD degree and will be offered for a period of five years according to WissZeitVG (Third-party funds). Payment and social benefits are in accordance with the regulations of the German salary agreement for public service employees TV-L.


The position includes funding of a research associate (Post Doc) or alternatively two PhD students and soft money for consumables. Significant institutional support, including modern laboratory space and state-of-the-art facilities in addition to career advancing training and mentoring support will be provided.


The Institute of Human Genetics/CMMC also offers an excellent scientific environment by its close interactions with Collaborative Research Centers and Research Units of the DFG on the Campus, the local Max-Planck Institutes for Biology of Ageing and for Metabolism Research, the Cologne Excellence Cluster CECAD, the Cologne Center for Genomics (CCG) and the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO).


The Institute of Human Genetics seeks to appoint candidates with an innovative human genetic and biomedical research interest in addition to an excellent track record in research, the capacity to establish and further develop an international research team to develop independent research programs with extramural funding and to complement the existing strengths and the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the Institute of Human Genetics. Motivation to further develop academic teaching experience and qualifications (e.g. support to obtain the Habilitation will be provided) is expected.


Applications of female candidates are specifically appreciated. In the case of equal qualifications, competence and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities.


We also welcome applications from disabled candidates, who will also be given preferential consideration over other applicants with comparable qualifications.


The position is suitable for staffing with part-time employees


Candidates should submit a single PDF including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, description of research experience and a research concept for the next five years and perspectives with specific details on the relevance for establishing a Junior Research Group (4 pages), publication overview, third party funding and the contact addresses of three academic referees.

Please send your application documents summarised in a single PDF document to: brunhilde.wirth@uk-koeln.de


We prefer on-line applications as they accelerate the application process. If applying on-line should not be feasible for you, obviously, you can send in your application by surface mail. In that case please address your application by 30 September 2019 to:


Uniklinik Köln

Geschäftsbereich Personal


Number of job posting: V000001400

50924 Köln