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 a position as

Junior Group Leader (m/f/d) Artificial Intelligence in Microbiome and Aging Research

The Junior Research Group "Artificial Intelligence in Microbiome and Aging Research" is initially funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung and can be extended for a maximum period of up to 9 years. We offer an internationally highly competitive start-up and funding package. The Group will be integrated in the FLI research focus “Functional Microbiota-Host Interactions during Aging”.

We are looking for an outstanding scientist with a PhD in data science/bioinformatics or related fields. The successful candidate has a visible publication record in the development and/or application of artificial intelligence methods in biomedical sciences.

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.

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.

We offer:
- The funding package includes the full salary for the group leader (according to the salary level TV-L E15), 1 Postdoc, 1 PhD student and a generous yearly budget for running costs. Furthermore, the group will be supported with positions for technical and administrative assistance
- Newly renovated office and lab space within the 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 Aging Research Center (ARC) Jena, the Jena Center for Healthy Aging (ZGA), the Michael Stifel Center and the Institute of Data Science Jena (DLR), which – collectively – promote interdisciplinary collaborations involving physicians, clinical and basic scientists and computational biologists / 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 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 or Steve Hoffmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The call (Job-ID 21/20) is open until December 15th, 2021.