16 PhD Positions in Molecular Medicine (Germany) Deadline: April 26, 2019

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine

Application Deadline

April 26, 2019

Program Commencement

October 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The International Max Planck Research School – Molecular Biomedicine (IMPRS-MBM) and the Cells in Motion Research Cluster (CiM) offer 16 Ph.D. positions in Imaging Cellular Processes and Disease and invites applications from highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality from biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences, and physics.

The CiM Graduate School and IMPRS-MBM – jointly run by the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine – offer interdisciplinary approaches to biomedical research with a strong emphasis on imaging. PhD projects range from the analysis of basic cellular processes to clinical translation, from the generation of mathematical models to the development of new imaging-related techniques and compounds.

Research areas: Cell and Molecular Biology, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Vascular Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, In vivo Imaging, High-Resolution Optical Imaging, Biophysics, Chemical Biology, Label Chemistry, Mathematical Modelling

The program offers excellent scientific and transferable skills training, competitive work contracts or tax-free fellowships and support with administrative matters, accommodation, visas etc. There are no tuition fees. The program language is English. 

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. Furthermore, 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.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent (e.g. German Diploma), in life or natural sciences (e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, physics, chemistry, pharmacy or related fields), in mathematics or computer sciences. Applicants with a state examination in pharmacy can be admitted to work on pharmaceutical/chemical projects. The date of the award of the Master’s (or diploma, state examination) degree must not be more than 4 years ago (i.e. 4 years before the above-mentioned application deadline).

Applications are also welcome if the required degree has not yet been awarded by the time of application. However, it has to be awarded before positions commence in October.

Adequate English proficiency: Applicants who are not native English speakers should demonstrate an adequate competence of the English language by one of the following options: 1) acceptable results in an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) or 2) proven higher education in English or 3) reasonably long stay in an English speaking country or 4) simply demonstrating your English language abilities during presentations and interviews in Münster. Please note: Although an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS) is not required it is very important that you CAN communicate well enough in spoken and written English. Knowledge of the German language is not required.

Application Process

Find more details about the Ph.D. program here.

  1. Write your application in English language (application form, short curriculum vitae (CV), transcripts and certificates). In your online application you name 1-3 potential CiM-IMPRS groups in which you would like to work.
  2.  Identify and inform 2 academic teachers/supervisors who can send reference letters (also see 4).
  3.  Submit your application (online). You will receive a registration code.
  4.  Ask the 2 referees to submit reference letters using the registration code.
  5. We may ask you to have a Skype interview with us between 9 and 15 May 2019.
  6. Interviews in Münster (3.5 days, obligatory, we pay for travel and accommodation).

Please find the application procedure in detail and forms here.

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