Two Postdoc positions are available in the group of Dr. David Vilchez at the Cologne Excellence
Cluster on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases-University of Cologne
David's group is interested in studying how human embryonic stem cells maintain the integrity of
their proteome. Given the observation that embryonic stem cells replicate continuously in the
absence of senescence, the lab hypothesize that these cells could provide a novel paradigm to study
the regulation of proteostasis and its failure in aging. The laboratory uses an innovative approach
based on a combination of human stem cells research with genetic analysis in C. elegans and
mouse models to uncover new mechanisms for extending longevity and healthspan.
The starting date is 01/04/2016 for an initial period of 2 years with the possibility to be extended
up to 5 years in total. The salary will be according to TV-L13.
Location: The research environment in the Cologne campus is stimulating and dynamic, and
offers many interactions with other groups interested in aging research and integration in the
Cluster of Excellence in Aging Associated Diseases (CECAD).
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a PhD in science (e.g., biology). We seek
enthusiastic and highly motivated postdocs interested in stem cell and aging research. Fluency in
written and spoken English is required. Experience in stem cell research, C. elegans or mouse
models is an advantage but not necessary.
How to apply:
Candidates should send:
1) Curriculum vitae
2) Written summary of research achievements and research interests (max one page).
3) The contact details of three referees.
Applications should be sent by email as ONE pdf document to Dr. David Vilchez
For further information about the laboratory and the job offer, please contact Dr. David Vilchez and visit the websites: