Open Positions



Institute for Genome Stability in Ageing and Disease

CECAD-Cluster of Excellence in Aging Research, University of Cologne



Institution information: CECAD Research Center, University of Cologne, Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 26, 50931 Cologne, Germany


Location: Cologne is a vibrant city with a highly international academic research environment. CECAD forms a focal point of aging research in Europe.


Summary: DNA damage compromises cellular function leading to developmental impairments and accelerated aging and it leads to mutations that can give rise to cancer but also alters the inherited genome and thus impacts the course of evolution. Our research aims to understand how DNA damage causes aging and cancer and how genome instability impacts genetic inheritance. Furthering our knowledge of the mechanisms how organisms respond to DNA damage will give us a better insight into the biology of aging and inheritance and might lead to the development of therapeutic strategies aimed at prevention of aging-related diseases.


Job description: We are seeking highly motivated Postdoc candidates who are interested in investigating the fundamental role of DNA damage in aging and how inheritance of stable genomes is regulated. We are using both genetic and biochemical approaches primarily in the C. elegans but also in mammalian systems to investigate the molecular basis of aging and inheritance.


Qualification: Applicants should have a PhD degree and a solid background in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, or bioinformatics.


How to Apply: Please send 1. CV, 2. letter of intent, 3. list of publications, 4. names and addresses of three references to bjoern.schumacher[at]