The CMMC invites applications for a full-time

Junior Research Group Leader (f/m)

to conduct independent research in molecular medicine in one of the research areas of the CMMC

Deadline for the submission of applications: June 30, 2018

This appointment, equivalent to a non-tenured W2-professorial position, is available for applicants holding MD, MD/PhD or PhD degree and will be offered for a period of five years with the possibility of an extension for additional three years. Payment and social benefits are in accordance with the regulations of the German salary agreement for public service employees (TV-L).

The position includes funding of a research associate (Post Doc), a PhD student and a technician, soft money for consumables, as well as start-up financing. Significant institutional support, including modern laboratory space and state-of-the-art facilities in addition to career advancing training and mentoring support will be provided by the CMMC.

The CMMC offers an excellent scientific environment by its close interactions with Collaborative Research Centers and Research Units of the DFG on the Campus, the local Max-Planck Institutes for Biology of Ageing and for Metabolism Research, the Cologne Excellence Cluster CECAD, the Cologne Center for Genomics (CCG) and the Center for Integrated Oncology (CIO).

The CMMC seeks to appoint candidates with an innovative biomedical research interest in addition to an excellent track record in research, the capacity to establish and further develop an international research team to develop independent research programs with extramural funding and to complement the existing strengths and the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the CMMC and the institutions at the Cologne Life Science Campus.

Motivation to further develop academic teaching experience and qualifications (e.g. support to obtain the Habilitation will be provided) is expected.

Applications of female candidates are specifically appreciated. In the case of equal qualifications, competence and specific achievements, women will be considered on preferential terms within the framework of the legal possibilities. We welcome applications from disabled candidates, who will also be given preferential consideration over other applicants with comparable qualifications. The position is suitable for staffing with part-time employees.

Candidates should submit a single PDF including

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • description of research experience and a research concept for the next five years and perspectives with specific details on the relevance for establishing a Junior Research Group (for this point: four pages)
  • publication overview
  • third party funding
  • contact addresses of three academic referees.

Submission deadline: The applications should be sent only by e-mail to Dr. Debora Grosskopf-Kroiher (debora.grosskopf-kroiher@uni-koeln.de) no later than June 30, 2018.

We are looking forward to receive applications from potential candidates.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Benzing (CMMC Chair) -  Prof. Dr. Martin Krönke (CMMC Vice Chair) - Prof. Dr. Guenter Schwarz (CMMC Vice Chair)

Time plan of the recruitment process


June 30, 2018: deadline for submitting applications

July 10 - Sept. 22, 2018: internal evaluation of the applications
The CMMC Executive Board evaluates the applications and will present up to 12 shortlisted candidates (internal evaluation process).

September 25, 2018: announcement of the shortlisted candidates
The shortlisted candidates will be informed and invited to the 2nd Mini-Symposium “Molecular Medicine” to present a talk and to take part in an interview.

November 20 - 21, 2018: 2nd Mini-Symposium “Molecular Medicine”
On each day up to 6 shortlisted candidates are invited to present a talk (30 min.) and to take part in the interview session with the members of CMMC Executive Board.

For all invited shortlisted candidates: travel costs and accommodation will be covered by the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne.

December: JRG Leader Position Offer Process
Candidate(s) selected for the JRG Leader Position(s) will be contacted; initiation of the hiring process. 

The University of Cologne

offers a wide range of scientific disciplines and internationally leading profile areas organized in six faculties.

At the Faculty of Medicine 1.800 scientists are engaged in research, ranging from basic sciences to clinical application, as well as teaching and health care. Together with the University Hospital Cologne the Faculty of Medicine maintains 58 clinics, research institutes and centres. 3.400 students study in this dynamic and innovative environment.

The Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital Cologne are embedded in the scientifically highly active Rhine region. They have strong contacts to and alliances with the surrounding universities and non-university research institutions guaranteeing scientific excellence in research and teaching.

The Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC)


is a multidisciplinary center at the University of Cologne providing a forum that brings together physician scientists with basic researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences to perform competitive basic, disease-oriented research.

The mission of the CMMC is to advance the understanding of the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms as a prelude to improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many common health problems.