PhD in Molecular Biology at IMB in Germany 2016-2017

PhD in Molecular Biology at IMB in Germany and applications are submitted till november 10 2016 .  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 Gene Regulation, Epigenetics & Genome Stability.. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)| Germany

Level: PhD Degree

Field(s): Positions are available in Molecular Biology - “Proteomic investigations of ubiquitin signals in DNA repair and chromatin organization”.

Deadline: 25 November 2013.

Funded By: Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): This PhD in Molecular Biology programme is targeted for International Students.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Not Specified.

Scholarship Duration: Positions are available for a period of 3 years, with the possibility of extension.

Scholarship covers: The Institute will offer:

  • The possibility to work on a cutting-edge project using state-of-the-art technology in a highly motivated research team;
  • A stimulating, diverse and international research environment;
  • Advanced training opportunities;
  • A competitive stipend


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 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. 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.

Check our PROJECTS and APPLY to the IPP

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 37 groups participating in the IPP. For a full list, please see IPP Groups.

Core 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.

To download our flyer for the International PhD Programme, please click here: PDF. If you have any questions that are not answered here, you can contact us using the details on the contact page.


To avail PhD  in Molecular Biology, candidates must meet the following criteria:

Application to the IPP is competitive. The first step is the online application via the Programme’s webpage (www. Shortlisted students will be invited to Mainz for several days of presentations, interviews and visits of the host labs. The basic criteria for eligibility in the Inter- national PhD Programme are:

  • Strong communication skills in English, both written and spoken
  • „ A Master’s degree or equivalent with outstanding grades (you can apply before you have received your degree) „
  • Prior experience in a lab or research environment 

Scholarship Application Method

The IPP winter call 2016/2017 is open.

Application Process

1) Online registration

Register online to provide us with your contact details and the details of at least two referees. Referees should be senior scientists who know you well.  Once you have completed the registration form, your nominated referees will receive a personalised link to the standard reference form and upload page. You will be notified by email when a reference letter is submitted.  We will not consider applications until 2 reference letters are received. Therefore, please ensure that you contact your referees in advance of registering to inform them of your intention to apply to the IPP, and to confirm that they are able to provide a reference by the specified deadline.Information required for registration:Personal data, including your address and contact detailsContact details of your refereesIn order to register, please click here: LINK TO ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM (Deadline 10 November 2016)

2) Online application form

Once you have registered, you will receive immediately a link to your personalised online application form by Email. You find this link at the end of a guideline how to apply. 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.  

Information required for application (click here to download an example):

  • Details of your degrees (BSc, MSc)
  • Details of any other post-graduate degrees, awards, honours or distinctions (description with a maximum of 250 words)
  • Details on research stay abroad during studies (if any)
  • Details of past research experiences
  • 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 you are interested in working with; up to 5 may be selected. Please note: not all groups offer projects in every call!
  • A motivational statement describing your interest in the IPP and your chosen groups as well as your scientific goals (maximum of 300 words)

 You will be asked to upload the following documents in PDF format:

  • Curriculum vitae (max size 3 MB)
  • A single file (max size 4 MB) containing:University studies as far as completed (including certificates of qualification and transcripts of records)English language test certificate (not mandatory, only if available)High school certificate (if available)

If degree forms and records from your university or high school certificates are not available in English, we do not require authorised translations for this application. If you encounter any technical problems, please contact the IPP coordinator (email). 

3) Interview days

About 20 - 25 shortlisted students will be invited to Mainz for interviews from 23 - 25 January 2017. The interviews will be held over 3 days and include presentations by the Group Leaders and the applicants as well as in-depth interviews in the group(s) you could imagine to work with. Costs for accommodation and travel (also intercontinental) are covered by the IPP. 
You must register by 10 November 2016 to be eligible to apply for the winter call.  

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