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Application by 15.02.2023

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 (Leibniz-Gemeinschaft). 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 (

The new research group “Microbiome and Metabolism” led by Dr. Clara Correia-Melo at the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute is looking for an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Scientist:

Postdoc (m/f/d)
Microbiome and Metabolism

Research focus of the Lab:
The Correia-Melo Laboratory 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.

Tasks and Challenges:

We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral scientist that is enthusiastic to explore the metabolic crosstalk of aging cells and their interactions with the microbiome. The successful applicant will work on cutting-edge research projects using a wide range of techniques, including high-throughput robotics and metabolomics, and will work with mammalian and microbial cell models.

The postdoctoral scientist will contribute to shape the research group and develop independence by leading his/her own projects, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and guide Master and/or PhD students in their research. The Postdoc will also have the opportunity to participate in grant application writing and preparation of manuscripts.


        • PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related field
        • Technical expertise in Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)
        • Published or submitted research articles or patents
        • Strong commitment and work ethics
        • Good written and verbal communication skills in English

          will be a plus:
        • Technical expertise in performing microbial and/or mammalian cell culture
        • Programming skills in R or other programming languages
        • Enthusiasm to handle large datasets

        We offer:

        • The opportunity to join a very well-equipped Lab with state-of-the-art high-throughput robotics & mass spectrometry instrumentation, located in a dynamic, stimulating, multidisciplinary work environment.
        • Access to multiple state-of-the-art facilities. Our work is embedded in the Beutenberg Campus, an interdisciplinary base for innovative research.
        • A position integrated in the FLI PostDoc Network. The Network promotes interdisciplinary collaborations involving clinician scientists, basic scientists and bioinformaticians and supports career development and postdoctoral training courses.
        • The contract conditions and the salary will be according to the collective labour agreement for public service employees of the federal states of Germany (TV-L E13) for 2 years initially, with a possibility of extension.
        • Flexible working time, a family friendly working environment including support for child care solutions and dual career.


        Please apply online through the FLI application portal by 15.02.2023.

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