Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research

The Cologne Graduate School of Ageing Research (CGA) in Germany is a joint venture of the University of Cologne Excellence Cluster on Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), the University Hospital Cologne, the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research and the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar). The Cologne/Bonn area has developed into a leading global research community with a stellar constellation of institutes and scientists dedicated to ageing research in Life Sciences.

The CGA offers comprehensive Ph.D. training in the highly interdisciplinary field of ageing research at the most prestigious ageing research cluster in Europe, Germany. The three-year programme provides outstanding research conditions with intensive supervision and state-of-the-art facilities in an international environment.

Main Research Areas:

  • DNA Damage & Repair
  • (Epi-) Genetics
  • Inflammation
  • Membrane & Lipid Signalling
  • Metabolism & Nutrient Sensing
  • Mitochondrial Function
  • Neuroscience & Neurodegeneration
  • Non-coding RNAs
  • Protein Homeostasis
  • Stem Cells & Tissue Regeneration
  • Systems Biology & Bioinformatics
  • Tumour Biology

The structured training programme can be carried out in up to 55 participating research groups. During an on-site selection week in spring, invited candidates can pursue laboratory rotations in up to 5 research groups in order to find the final laboratory for their doctorate. The programme starts between July and October on an individual basis. In October, there is an orientation week including common workshops, social activities and an overall introduction to the CGA campus as well as the organisation of administrative issues specifically for international students.

The Ph.D. programme which is completely conducted in English, includes a tailor-made unique 3-year career development module. It is furthermore complemented by annual scientific retreats, lectures and journal clubs on ageing-related topics as well as diverse soft and hard skill workshops. For international students, intensive support and guidance in all administrative matters is offered.

We are seeking highly qualified students holding a M.Sc. or equivalent degree with a background in Cell / Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biophysics, Bioinformatics, Translational Medicine or a related field with a strong interest in ageing research.