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REQUIREMENTS


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

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.


ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should hold (or expect to hold prior to the start of their PhD) a University Master Degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Life Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Medicine

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.


LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The language of the international PhD program is English, therefore a good command of spoken and written English is a requirement.

Formal proof of English proficiency (such as TOEFLIELTS) is not mandatory but recommended. 
Should the IMPRS coordination consider it necessary, applicants may be contacted by phone for language assessment. 
Knowledge of German is not required, but foreign students will be given 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.

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