Postdoc (m/f/x) Data Science / Bioinformatics / Genomics

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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 Leibniz Chair research group of Prof. Alessandro Cellerino (SNS Pisa/FLI) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher position in Data Science/Bioinformatics/Comparative Genomics to analyze expression datasets in animal models (killifish) and humans to identify signatures of longevity in a comparative context.

Postdoc (m/f/x)
Data Science / Bioinformatics / Genomics

Research focus of the Lab:
Prof. Alessandro Cellerino has a professorship at SNS PISA, Italy and is Leibniz Chair for Biology of Ageing at the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI). The group has a tradition of performing experimental studies on aging in the killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri) using genetic and non-genetic interventions focusing on neurobiology and life-extension and in the generation analysis and validation of high-throughput molecular profiling data.

The position is financed by the DFG project “Phenotypic and molecular correlates of the parallel evolution of diapause and brain aging in killifishes”. The overall focus of the project is 1. to investigate transcriptional and post-transcriptional processes under parallel evolution in different clades of annual killifishes to identify processes linked to parallel evolution of diapause and 2. Investigate the overlap between these processes and those occurring during brain aging

Tasks and Challenges:

The candidate

  • Will work preferentially on analysis of proprietary multiomics datasets covering different killifish species during development and aging and public human aging datasets but will have the flexibility to develop their own project and/or work on a projects previously agreed upon with the group leader.
  • Will be expected to assume the leading role in the dissemination of the results of the projects b ypresenting the results at conferences, writing publications and in any other form deemed appropriate.
  • Will be expected to integrate and work harmoniously in a research group that performs extensive experimental activity and to develop collaborative projects with the Institute and with external partners.


  • PhD in computational or experimental biology, data science, physics, mathematics, statistics or related fields
  • Experience with analysis of high-dimensional biological data
  • Advanced programming skills and experience in R and Python
  • Genuine interested in biological aspects of aging (prior experience in the field is not required)
  • Experience with evolutionary/comparative genomics is preferred

We offer:

  • A position in a well-equipped and motivated group that bridges experimental- and computational research
  • 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 that provides a healthy work-life balance, company health management including support for child care solutions and dual career options.
  • We provide support with various qualification and further training opportunities, use of the Haufe knowledge databases and the Haufe learning platform with numerous different online courses.


Please apply online through the FLI application portal by 18.06.2023.

Applications will be analyzed regarding skills, competences and qualifications. All qualified persons, regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other classification protected by law will receive consideration for employment.

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