PhD Positions:


The Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age-Related Diseases (LGSA) is a joint program of the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) and the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena. The school calls for applications for a PhD position in the research group “Microbiome and Metabolism” led by Dr. Clara Correia-Melo. The position will be available from April 2023.

The Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age-Related Diseases (LGSA) belongs to the Leibniz Association - a non-university research organization equivalent to the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association.

The new research group of Clara Correia-Melo at the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute studies the metabolic crosstalk between cells in health and disease, with particular focus on aging. The group explores three main areas of research: 1) host-microbiome metabolic crosstalk during ageing; 2) metabolic microenvironment as a driver of disease initiation and progression and 3) therapy-induced metabolic microenvironment leading to disease persistence. Discoveries at all three levels will potentially translate into interventions that support better health through innovative metabolism-targeting therapies. The lab combines classical molecular biology methods with high-throughput quantitative multi-omics and systems biology approaches.

We are looking for highly motivated PhD candidates that are enthusiastic to explore the metabolic crosstalk of aging cells and their interactions with the microbiome. The start date is flexible but should be no later than Summer 2023.

Eligible are students that have obtained, or that will obtain within half a year, an academic degree comparable to a master’s degree or diploma in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry or a related discipline. We also invite applications of Biochemists and Biologists with a demonstrated interest in Bioinformatics.

Further requirements are:
• Experimental skills in cell and molecular biology
• Enthusiasm towards large-scale experiments and mass spectrometry-based metabolomics
• Productivity documented (excellent grades, internships or published research)
• Good communication skills for collaborative work
• Strong commitment and work ethic
• Good written and verbal communication skills in English

We offer:
• An opportunity to join a very well-funded lab equipped with state-of-the-art robotics & mass spectrometry instrumentation, located in a dynamic, stimulating, multidisciplinary work environment.
• Ability to lead a cutting-edge research topic using a range of complementary methods and techniques to address focused questions.
• The possibility to integrate the LGSA Programme which is committed to train, mentor and educate talented doctoral researchers.
• Access to multiple state-of-the-art facilities. Our work is embedded in the Beutenberg Campus, an interdisciplinary base for innovative research.
• Flexible working time and a family friendly working environment including support for childcare solutions and dual career.

Further information on the Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age Related Diseases (LGSA) can be found at

For the first step, please acquaint yourself with the application procedure on our website and fill in the application form in our online system.

Deadline for submission is February 15, 2023.


Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute e.V. (FLI) Beutenbergstraße 11 D07745 Jena (Germany) Phone: #49(0)3641 656340

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