The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center compasses the full spectrum of fundamental research through population sciences to health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of scientific results into practice, interdisciplinarity and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz Organization of German research centers. With over 1000 employees from 55 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the national and international leading research centers in its research field. 

Junior Research Group Leader Position for a new research group “Neuroepidemiology”

Code: 6005/2018/12

Your tasks

The specific tasks involved in this position are the further expansion of the epidemiological register Schwaben, the interaction with the Rhineland Study of the DZNE (Prof. M. Breteler), and international cohorts in Norway, Sweden, and China.

The position offers an excellent environment, access to state-of the art technologies and opportunities for scientific collaborations locally and throughout the DZNE. For additional information on research programs and facilities, see


Successful candidates (f/m) should have a PhD in epidemiology or an MD with a master degree in epidemiology (MPH). Of particular interest are neuroscientists and clinical scientists interested in mechanisms of neurological disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. The primary criteria for appointment will be a strong record of innovative research and academic performance, as well as high potential for establishing a rigorous and substantial independent research program, and fruitful collaborations. The candidates shall have experience in the design, conduct and analysis of population-based epidemiological studies or registries, ideally also including the collection and use of biomarkers, with a track record of excellent publications. The Ulm site is engaged in translational research of neurodegenerative diseases, with a focus on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, frontotemporal dementia and Huntington´s disease, and open to investigation of other rare diseases.

Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the public sector collective agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD). The appointee will be enrolled in the DZNE tenure track program, with an initial appointment of five years. Extensions for two additional years is possible based on a positive interim tenure review. Tenure may be awarded to exceptional investigators beyond this period. In addition to salary support for the appointee, DZNE provides salary support for several group members (e.g. postdoctoral trainee, technician, or doctoral student) as well as a budget for research consumables.

Interested candidates should upload their applications as a single pdf file (< 10 MB file size, and with the candidate’s last name in the label). The pdf should include the following components:

  1. A signed cover letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
  2. A curriculum vitae with a publication list (max. 5 pages)
  3. A summary of scientific achievements (max. 2 pages)
  4. A proposed research plan (max. 2 pages)

References will be requested from short-listed candidates at a later date, and do not need to be provided with the initial application. The search will continue until the position is filled.




Contact details

Herr Daniel Preiß

Working hours


Contract length

5 years, with option of extension

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline

March 15th, 2019

The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE.