Group Leader in Translational or Basic Ageing Research

The Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH ( is a research centre situated on the campus of Mainz University, Germany. We are generously funded by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, which have jointly committed to supporting IMB with over €250 million between 2010-2027.

At IMB, we study different aspects of genome biology ranging from the molecular level to systems and computational approaches. Researchers at IMB are supported by state-of-the-art core facilities, which offer services in bioinformatics, cytometry, genomics, histology & microscopy, proteomics and protein production.

We seek outstanding, interactive candidates with a strong publication record and an innovative research profile—basic or translational—in the field of ageing. Both experimental and computational applicants are welcome. Possible topics include genomic instability, epigenetic alterations & ageing clocks, RNA biology, proteostasis, senescence, stem cell exhaustion, metabolic & mitochondrial dysfunction or microbiome-ageing interactions

Mainz University—in collaboration with IMB—recently established the profile area ReALity (Resilience, Adaptation & Longevity) with a focus on ageing and longevity ( The successful applicant should participate in this initiative.

IMB is located in close proximity to Mainz’s University Medical Center, and you will have access to resources from the Gutenberg Health Study, one of the largest prospective health studies worldwide ( The successful applicant will be encouraged to collaborate with local and regional research centres and networks, notably in genome stability, gene regulation, resilience and the neurosciences (,,,

IMB seeks to increase the number of female group leaders and explicitly encourages women to apply.

Positions are initially offered for a period of 5 years and can be extended up to 10 years following positive evaluation. Group leader packages include an attractive salary, generous start-up funding and an annual budget sufficient to fund a postdoc, a PhD student and a technician, as well as corresponding consumables and core facility services. There are no teaching obligations, but teaching opportunities are available at Mainz University. IMB is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please send a single PDF containing your cover letter, CV and a concise description of your research interests and future research plans to, quoting the reference CNGL04. Please also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to Questions can be addressed to Christof Niehrs ( 

The deadline for applications is 28 March 2021. Interviews will take place online between 8-10 June 2021.

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