25 Fully Funded PhD Positions for International Students at IMPRS-CellDevoSys in Germany, 2018

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Up to 20-25 PhD students are annually accepted into IMPRS Research Groups. If you are interested in starting your PhD in 2018, make sure to register before 7 Jan 2018.

Exceptional research, scientific training and mentoring at the cutting edge – the MPI-CBG and its International Max Planck Research School for Cell, Developmental and Systems Biology – IMPRS-CellDevoSys are a great place for ambitious, curious and independent minds who want to earn a PhD in life sciences, computer science, or physics, and who aim at becoming a future leader in science.

As English is the working language of the program, applicants should demonstrate a high level of spoken and written English proficiency. We recommend including TOEFL or IELTS results with your application if available.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications deadline: January 17, 2018
  • Course Level: Positions are available to pursue Ph.D. programme.
  • Study Subject: Positions are awarded in life sciences, computer science, or physics.
  • Scholarship Award: The IMPRS-CellDevoSys offers full financial support during thesis preparation, up to 4 years. Financial support is granted via an employment contract according to 65% TvöD E13(German tariff for employees in civil service). Health insurance, pension contribution, and other social benefits are included in the contract. The net take-home pay for PhD students (after taxes and deductions) is a minimum of 1,450 Euro per month.
  • Nationality: These positions are available to students worldwide.
  • Number of Scholarships: 20-25 PhD students are annually accepted into IMPRS Research Groups.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: International applicants are eligible to apply for this position.

Entrance Requirements:

We seek applications from talented and creative young scientists who are curious by nature and hunger for new solutions under our research mission. Successful candidates possess a burning ambition to shape the future of science and the ability to thrive in a highly competitive, interdisciplinary environment.

We expect truly excellent prior academic performance and research experience. Successful candidates exhibit potential to conduct challenging, top-notch research towards a PhD degree. Distinctive proficiency in textbook scientific knowledge is essential. Enthusiasm and collegiality are also vital.

Requirements

Admission is based solely on prior scientific qualifications and future potential. This ensures the recruitment of only the highest qualified candidates in a fair and transparent manner.

Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving, a Master’s Degree in Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or Engineering before taking up PhD thesis work. Applicants holding an excellent BSc degree are also welcome to apply, given that independent research and a written thesis is part of the curriculum.

As English is the working language of the program, applicants should demonstrate a high level of spoken and written English proficiency. We recommend including TOEFL or IELTS results with your application if available.

Previously affiliated applicants

Candidates previously affiliated with an IMPRS group for more than 3 months are considered “internal candidates”. In general, internal candidates are eligible for admission. They may join a research group for PhD thesis work if the previous affiliation with this group did not exceed 12 months. Internal candidates must demonstrate outstanding performance and the highest potential in order to be invited for interviews. To avoid any favouritism or bias, group leaders associated with an internal candidate will not be involved in judging the candidate’s qualification for admission.

English Language Requirements: The school’s working language is English. You can completely pursue and complete our program without any knowledge of German. However, to fully engage with the advantages of our international environment, we strongly encourage learning German while you are here!

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Step-by-Step Application Process

  • Request an account
    Request an account for our online application system. Please use an email address that will remain valid throughout the application process. You will receive access to the online application form immediately.
  • Complete registration
    Registration requires some personal background information from the applicant, as well as contact details of two referees. Please make sure to provide correct contact information, as this cannot be modified after registration. In general, referees should be familiar with your academic and/or laboratory research performance to provide a useful assessment. We advise you to include the principal investigators who supervised your thesis work. Your referees will receive an email invitation to submit their recommendation online. You will receive an email confirmation as soon as these recommendations are received. Please contact your referees directly for clarification should you not receive these confirmation receipts in a timely fashion. If necessary, you may add up to two additional referees before the registration deadline.
  • Complete your application
    Please complete all parts of the application form and upload relevant University certificates and official transcripts documenting your entire post-secondary education. For ongoing studies, please provide the latest transcript documenting all results obtained to date.  Furnishing of TOEFL/IELTS and GRE examination results is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. We recommend generating a PDF file of your application for your reference.
  • Submission
    Our application system requires your completed online application form, along with two recommendations, before final submission is possible. All of these materials must be received prior to the published application deadline. You will receive an email confirming the successful submission of your application.

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