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Scientific & Personal Assistant to the Director (f/m)

Max-Planck-Institut für Biologie des Alterns / Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing. Köln, 07.12.2017

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The Department for „Molecular Genetics of Ageing„
headed by director Prof. Dr. Adam Antebi

is looking for a full time

Scientific & Personal Assistant to the Director (m/f)

(job code 33-2017)

The Antebi Department for "Molecular Genetics of Ageing" investigates how diet, reproduction, and hormones impact animal life span, mostly using the worm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism. The overarching goals are to reveal conserved and convergent mechanisms of longevity, and to understand how hormones and small molecule metabolites affect metabolism, signal transduction and ageing. We apply a multidisciplinary approach combining, genetics, systems biology, cell and molecular biology, imaging, biochemistry and mass spectrometry in order to understand the biology of ageing and age-related disease.

We seek a highly motivated, and talented person with a scientific background to support the department head and join an enthusiastic and collaborative team in an outstanding scientific environment. The applicant should have an interest in research administration, and excellent written and oral communication skills. The working language is bilingual German / English and a fluent knowledge of both the German and English language (oral and written) is required.

Your tasks include
  • general administrative duties
  • correspondence and documentation in German and English
  • support with research reports
  • support of applications for research grants, animal experimentation,
  • as well as administration of the approved grants, protocols etc.
Your qualifications should include
  • successfully completed studies in natural sciences, preferably in life sciences with a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree
  • high measure of responsibility, organizational talent, motivation and team spirit
  • very good knowledge of both German and English
  • good knowledge of MS-Office
  • experience in science administration is a plus but not mandatory
Research Environment
The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing (MPI-AGE), Cologne, was founded in 2008 with the aim to understand fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing in various model systems. The institute 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 with state of the art facilities for research. Currently we host >250 employees from >30 different nations.

The employment contract will be based on contracts for the civil service (TVöD-Bund, Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and will initially be time limited to two years. The Max Planck Society is committed to employ more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. We also seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and particularly encourage them to apply.

Are you interested?
Then please upload your complete application documents, containing a one-page letter with a personal statement describing your scientific accomplishments and your interests in the position, your CV and bibliography as well as, contact information for 3 references, in electronic form as one single pdf-file via our online application platform until January 18th 2018:


For further information about the Institute and the Antebi department please see www.age.mpg.de .

Bewerbungsschluss: 18.01.2018