Our International PhD Programme (IPP) gives talented and enthusiastic students the opportunity to undertake PhD research at the cutting edge of modern biology. Projects within the Programme address key questions related to the overarching theme of Dynamics of Gene Regulation, Epigenetics & Genome Stability.Our groups cover a broad range of expertise in biochemistry, genetics, cell and developmental biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, and applied physics.The fields we study range from embryonic development, ageing and disease to analysis of high-throughput datasets, modeling of regulatory gene networks and the development of ground breaking super-resolution microscopes.
Institute of Molecular Biology
This range of expertise and the open and vibrant atmosphere within the Programme encourages multidisciplinary collaborations and innovative research. Moreover, a range of scientific and social events are organised to ensure high levels of exchange and collaboration between the participating groups.
The Programme is coordinated by the Institute of Molecular Biology - a recently founded centre of excellence in the life sciences. Participating groups are located at the:
There are over 30 groups participating in the IPP. For a full list, please see: www.imb.de/PhD.
Funding for the International PhD Programme comes from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation. As a PhD student your research will be overseen by an expert Thesis Advisory Committee who will be there to support you in your research and provide you with advice. This programme thus provides an excellent opportunity to interact closely with a number of top scientists during the course of your study.
The IPP winter call 2014/2015 is open.
Deadline for registration: 8 November 2014,
Deadline for application: 15 November 2014,
Interview Days: February 2015,
PhD start: March - October 2015
As IMB is an international institution the first criterion for eligibility is that you are able to communicate in English, which is our working language. Secondly, you should have prior experience in a research environment and have, or be about to complete, a Master's or equivalent degree.
- Application to the International PhD Programme at IMB is a competitive process. The first step is to contact referees and to register, the next to complete the online application form. Shortlisted students will be invited to Mainz for interviews.
- The application form will ask you to provide the information and documents listed below. As the form cannot be saved, we strongly advise you to prepare the necessary information before you begin. Texts can then be pasted into the form as required. The application must be completed in English.
We also require at least two reference letters to be uploaded by senior scientists who know you well. Up to four referees can be named. Your referees will be automatically notified by Email when you submit your registration. Thus, please inform them that you plan to register and that they should not delete the automated message they receive. They should complete a standard IPP reference form and upload it as PDF. You will be notified by email when a reference letter is submitted. Please ensure that we receive your reference letters prior to the application deadline! If you have not registered until 8 November, you cannot apply anymore in the winter call.
List of information you need to provide in the registration or application form:
- Personal data, including your address and contact details
- Contact details of the scientists who will send letters of reference on your behalf
- Details of your degrees (BSc, MSc), including your fields of study, when you started/finished, the titles of your degrees, when the degrees were/will be granted, the grades you obtained (GPA, grade point average), and the maximum grades possible for the course
- Details of any other post-graduate degrees, awards, honours or distinctions (description with a maximum of 250 words)
- Details of past research experiences including a list of the labs/research centres where you worked, the project titles, and the names of your supervisors
- A list of your publications (PubMed format, maximum of 300 words) and your conference contributions (title of presentation, date and location of the conference)
- Which groups from the Programme you are interested in working with; up to 5 may be selected
- A motivational statement describing your interest in the IPP and your chosen groups as well as your scientific goals (maximum of 300 words)
- Any additional information or comments you may wish to submit (maximum of 100 words)
You will be asked to upload the following documents in PDF format:
- Curriculum Vitae (max. size 1 MB)
- A single file (max. size 3 MB) containing
- High school certificate
- University studies (including certificates of qualification and transcripts of records)
- English language test certificate (not mandatory, only if available)
- If degree forms and records from your university are not available in English, we do not require authorised translations for this application.
An example of how to fill out the online form (including registration)
Registration and application:
Before applying you will need to register online and include the contact of your referees. When submitting your registration you will receive an email with a personalised link to the application form and your referees will receive a personalised link to the standard reference form and upload page. Please make sure that all Email addresses are valid! The submission of your application will be confirmed by Email. The submission of references letters will be confirmed to your referees and you will be notified.
If you encounter any technical problems, please contact the IPP coordinator (email).
Current information for applicants:
Our winter call 2014/2015 is open. IPP Interview Days for the summer call 2014 (deadline 5 July 2014)* will be 22 - 24 September 2014. If you receive an offer you are expected to start your PhD project within 6 months.*Applicants invited to our Interview Days can still express interest in additional projects after a presentation from the recruiting Group Leaders on 22 September.