We encourage the application of highly talented and motivated PhD candidates* of all nationalities with a background in
MOLECULAR and CELL BIOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY, BIOPHYSICS, APPLIED and THEORETICAL PHYSICS, MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY, CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY, SYSTEMS BIOLOGY and related fields.
The scientific questions, that as a School we are interested in, are often very complex and require a combination of expertise.
For this reason, we value interdisciplinarity and we actively search for students with backgrounds in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science or Engineering that are willing to work hand in hand with Biologists.
As a Biologist, this is also the place for you: you will be encouraged to tackle questions using a variety of approaches for which you will find training and support on site. Projects are truly interdisciplinary because faculty with different backgrounds closely collaborate.
We expect excellent academic scores, prior research experience but most importantly commitment and enthusiasm to face the many challenges of a PhD project.
We value INDEPENDENCE, curiosity, ability to think out of the box and COMMUNICATION.
We offer a collaborative, INTERDISCIPLINARY and young environment for students to set the foundations of their career.
Applicants should hold (or expect to hold prior to the start of their PhD) a University Master Degree in one of the following disciplines:
- Life Science
- Computer Science
Applicants holding an excellent bachelor (BSc) degree are welcome to apply, as long as a period of independent research followed by a final written thesis was part of the course of studies. Such candidates could be eligible for the ‘fast track’ program offered by our partner universities but additional requirements, to be completed during the PhD thesis, will be defined for each individual case. Read more ...
Admission to the graduate program, if all requirements are fulfilled, is based only on scientific qualification and performance at the interview.
Important: should the number of excellent candidates (i.e. that pass the IMPRS selection) exceed the available IMPRS positions, extra positions may be available, depending on the group leaders’ funding situation. These students will receive the status of ‘IMPRS associated students’ that will grant them the possibility to join many of the events offered in the training program.
The language of the IMPRS-CMB PhD program is English, therefore a good command of spoken and written English is a requirement.Formal proof of English proficiency (such as TOEFL, IELTS) is not mandatory but recommended. Should the IMPRS coordinators consider it necessary, applicants may be contacted by phone or skype for language assessment. Knowledge of German is not required, but foreign students will be offered the opportunity to attend German language classes.
* The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.