The Cabreiro Lab aims at understanding how microbes alter specific metabolic and signaling pathways in host cells to maintain systemic homeostasis and suppress aging. Our research interests span several fields including organismal and cell biology, metabolism, microbiology, pharmacology, and systems biology.

We seek a highly motivated PhD student (f/m/x), who will investigate microbiome-related mechanisms in regulating drug effects on host immunity, metabolism, and aging.


» Use the power of the mouse model (including germ-free) to causally link the role of microbes in drug efficacy

» Use molecular biology, biochemistry, and imaging techniques

» Perform metabolic, proteomic, and transcriptomic studies of host and/or microbiome samples

» Metabolic phenotyping of mouse models with a special focus on immunity

» To accurately record and judiciously analyses and present experimental data

» Drive your own research project under the direct supervision of the PI


» A completed Master’s degree in biological sciences is mandatory

» Proficiency in written and spoken English is mandatory (minimum level B2)

» Evidence of great communication and teamwork skills, curiosity-driven science, and excellent problem-solving skills

» Experience in handling animal tissue is desirable

» Experience in microbiology or systems/ computational biology is desirable

» A background in physiology, metabolism, or aging is a plus


» The opportunity to be integrated into a top research group, in a dynamic and vibrant scientific community

» A diverse working environment with equal opportunities

» Support in balancing work and family life

» Extensive advanced training opportunities

» Occupational health management offers

» Flexible working time models

» Opportunity to work remotely

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Gender Equality Act of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome people with disabilities/ special needs or of equal status.

The position is available from 01.09.2023 on a part-time basis (25,89 hours per week). It is limited for three years. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

For further inquiries, please contact Prof. Cabreiro ( ) or Dr. Solagna ( ). We are one of the largest and oldest universities in Europe and one of the most important employers in our region.

Our broad range of subjects, the dynamic development of our main research areas and our central location in Cologne make us attractive for students and researchers from around the world. We offer a wide range of career opportunities in science, technology, and administration.

To apply:

Please apply online with proof of the required qualifications without a photo at: APPLY NOW. The reference number is Wiss2306-13. The application deadline is 02.07.2023.

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